Reading: Revelation 21: 1-6
Verse Five: “I am making everything new”.
Welcome to 2018! The passage of time rolls on. At this time of the year we naturally reflect on our past year and the passing of time. It is an opportunity to live for a moment in the space between the past and the future. This helps us remember that time is temporal. All that was in 2017 does not necessarily have to be in 2018. This is one gift of time.
Time keeps us moving forward. Our sense of time always being in motion does not allow us get stuck. Yes, we can procrastinate, but we still have this sense that things are moving forward anyway. On the positive side, this sense also brings us an awareness of new possibilities and allows us to look forward to the next thing that God may bring our way. What may this be for you in 2018?
Thinking about time also allows us to consider what has been and what is. Within these considerations we find opportunities for fresh starts and for dreaming. In these considerations we can also choose to change things or to make efforts to correct or fix things – relationships, choices, habits… Just as our God is the God of second chances, a new year is also a time for us to make amends and to chart a new course as we enter a new year. It is in this space that we must pay attention to the Holy Spirit. Where in our lives is the Holy Spirit bringing conviction? Where in our lives is the Holy Spirit nudging us to step out in faith or to tiptoe outside of our comfort zones?
In our passage, Jesus says, “I am making everything new”. This is both a present and a future reality. Yes, one day Revelation 21 will occur as God returns to dwell among mankind once again. All will be healed and restored. Let us not lose the present reality though. Jesus will make us new every day as well. He will dwell with us now in Spirit and will restore and redeem all things each day. Yes, He is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. But He is the Lord of today as well. This day and every day of 2018, may we call upon Jesus to make us a new creation, holy and perfect in God’s sight, ready to go out to be the hands and feet and love of Christ in the world. Blessings to all!