Making All Things New
This is an exciting time for me, as I have been making preparations for our new 9am unified worship service for several months. We are finally together and have the chance to see something new from God. That’s what I want to talk about. Something new…I hope that something new is our expectation at all times.
I wonder if we think so highly of the things God has already shown us that we sometimes forget that this process shouldn’t ever be slowed or stopped. When we rest on the things God showed us as children (or spiritual children) and never accept the things He’s trying to give us as adults, then perhaps we’ve never matured into spiritual adults. That is where our discipleship has to be revived or jump started.
I am not an old man yet, and I have a lot to learn, but I’m getting old enough that I understand the young less and less and I find that the ways of my younger days are getting to be nothing like the ways of today. Can you relate? Some of you have much more experience in this world than me, and I’m sure it’s hard to keep the motivation for that something new at times…but God isn’t done with any of us if we’re still here. We need that something new…every day.
If we are comfortable, not being stretched, unchallenged, and upset when any of those things happen, then we’ve gotten off track.
In Isaiah 43, the prophetic message to Israel, God is comforting His people but also declaring the consistency of this something new.
V 18-19- “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Can we perceive that something new that God wants for us each day? Each day is full of new people to hear the gospel, people to be discipled, chances to be a greater disciple, and unfortunately each day is also a chance for us to consider only the old things, and not move forward. We mustn’t allow each other to move backwards in our relationships with God and those around us.
Let’s pray in expectancy for God to do something new in us personally, and as a church as we embark on this new 9am adventure every week. Good and true things that have been established for a long time will remain, but we can’t neglect that something new.