The new year always begins with dreams, goals, and aspirations

Another year is gone and another is upon us. The new year always begins with dreams, goals, and aspirations. It is also a time to reflect, renew, and resolve.

God wants us all to have a new beginning. It is good for us to look at what He has to say about “new things.”

“Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Paul speaks of the new man in Christ. The old things (the old life) are no more. In Christ we have a new start - a new lease on life! How wonderful to know that the old life is gone; the new life is the new start.

God wants us all to have a new life.

“...put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him.” (Colossians 3:10).

Again, Paul writes of the new man in Christ, thus living the life of a Christian by dying to self, sin and the world - and living as a new man in Christ.

The new life is a transformation from the inside out! This change affects the attitude, the motives, and the behavior.

God wants us all to have a new hope. This hope is a home with Christ.

“But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Peter 3:13).

The new hope is where the new heavens and a new earth reside - with Christ!

As one thinks of the new year, think of the new things that God wants from all of us; a new beginning, a new life, and a new hope.

Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. michael@augcoc.kscoxmail.com