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1/4/19

Already Changed

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold,the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5.17

I love change, and I love newness. The change into a new year brings me so much joy as I consider and plan what new changes to make and what new goals to accomplish.

I use a “Full Focus Planner” to keep track of my goals, my rhythms and my habits. I love filling it out and anticipating what is to come in the next year.

But as we plan out the new year, plan out new goals and anticipate the new opportunities in 2019, let’s remember to plan and resolve and seek new things out of our newness.

What I mean is this: because of Jesus, and because of unity with Jesus by faith, we are already new. We are a new creation. This will get a little heady for a second, but what Paul means by being new creations in Christ is that the future resurrection power of Jesus has already changed us in the right now, present reality. Put another way, the future resurrection has already taken place in our hearts, if we are in Christ. You are already a new creation. You are already experiencing resurrection power right now, today, this moment in Christ. You have already been changed at your deepest core, because the Holy Spirit has made you new—at your deepest core.

What this means for planning the new year is that in Christ, you have already been permanently changed by God, and you can now make plans for growth and development because your heart has already been changed.

Since our hearts are changed, all the other changes we make in life are just trying to catch the rest of our lives up to the change that God has already made in our lives. Make sense?

Let’s grow in prayer or discipline or fitness, or life/work balance, or increased joy in 2019, but seek to grow and change—not to become something you’re not already, but to become something that God has already made you.

Write and pursue your 2019 goals, knowing that the deepest part of you has already been changed into a new creation. Because of the gospel, seek to become more of what you already are in 2019. Become more like Jesus, because you are already his new creation.

Tim Porter

Lead Pastor for the Mission
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