This vision for a new reality is not just for a time in the distant future. It is a reality that Jesus brings us day by day. Each day is a fresh beginning in which we can choose life over death, courage over fear, love over hate, peace over strife. Each day gives us a chance to accept the freedom that comes with being forgiven – the freedom to turn towards God and to be more Christlike in the way we think, speak, and behave.
Do your days begin with a feeling of gratitude and joy, or with a feeling of dread? What difference would it make to begin each day with thanksgiving for the newness of the morning and with hopefulness? What are the “old things” that prevent you from living with the hope and promise to which we are called as followers of Jesus? What secret shame and guilt are you carrying? Hear God saying, “I am making all things new!”
In prayer, offer up your list of “old things” and pray that the Spirit would help you find peace and a sense of calm in the promise of newness of life.