For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore, all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.
From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
2 Corinthians 5:14-17
“Everything old has passed away; see everything has become new!” For the last hour I have been at my desk pondering this devotion. Then I received a text from my sister, Debbie. Our mom had called her to wish her a, “Happy New Year!” Then mom said she had to go so she could call everyone else to wish them happy holidays.
“See everything has become new!”
I laughed a little to myself, then suddenly my mind seemed to be opened. My mom helped me realize that every day we are a new creation. In Christ our old self has died and a new self rises out of the water. Living in Christ, our new self no longer lives for ourselves, but for Christ who died for us. In Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus tells us that when we help the other, especially those in need, we are helping him. So, our new self lives for Christ by loving and serving others, just as Jesus did!
Each day my old self dies and a new self in Christ rises up to serve. So, mom was right. “Happy New Year!”