Keeping Things New

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2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

People are always searching to find ways to keep things new in life. As humans, we quickly lose the enamor of what we have. One reason advertisers are so successful is because they play on the desire for something new. You purchase a vehicle, and it is exciting for a while, but when it loses its newness, you seek a new car again. People get married and are excited about the newness of marriage, but once they find out their spouse's flaws, the newness wears out. Sadly, many people quit their marriage and look for someone else, not realizing that the initial newness will always wear out. 

You can't keep running and looking for something new and enjoy what and who God has given you in life at the same time. At some point, you are going to have to stop looking for the new in life and find out that the Scriptures have the answer of how to keep things new in life. The verse above says that in Christ “all things are become new.” You will notice that God did not say that “some things” are become new, but that “all things are become new.” That means in Christ you can keep the newness of the possessions you own and the relationships that you have.

What does it mean to be “in Christ”? The word “in” means within the confines of Christ. Yes, this is partly talking about salvation, but it is also talking about life. When you get saved, you will look at things in a different way because you got saved within the confines of how the Scriptures teach a person to get saved. But, as a believer, you must live within the confines of how God commands you to live in His Word to keep the newness of everything God has given you in life.

My friend, it takes character to keep what you have new. You keep things new by thinking about the first time you had something and the excitement it initially brought. This never happens unless you do this by character. You can keep your marriage vibrant and happy if you remember the first time you met your spouse and how privileged you thought you were when you met them. You can keep the newness and excitement of your church by purposely thinking about what you saw in your church the first time you attended it. You can keep your salvation fresh and new daily by thinking about how you felt the first day you got saved. Keeping something new is a daily choice by remembering the excitement of the first time you had something or met someone.

Moreover, it is a life choice to keep what you have new. You must choose to live within the confines of God’s Word to keep the freshness and excitement of what you have. Nothing causes life to wear out faster than to live in sin. Sin is never satisfying, and that is why it always causes you to look for something new. When you live in Christ, you will find the newness that He gives every day. There is something about living for Christ that never gets old. Living for Christ keeps you looking to help others. Living for Christ keeps you from living a self-centered life. Living for Christ is where true excitement and freshness of life is found.

Has your life lost its excitement? Have your relationships gotten old? The answer to everything becoming new every day is to live in Christ, because only He can make all things new every day.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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