“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you.” Ezekiel 36:26-27
It’s January. You know what that means? It means it’s the perfect time to start over–the perfect time to resolve to become the people we want to become this year.
How do we do that? Well, first of all, we need to start off being honest with ourselves. So can we all just get something out of the way?
ALL of us have issues. Let’s just admit it! All of us have scars. All of us are broken in some way. All of us “have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) All of us need to improve. And none of us can do it on our own. (Phew! Glad we got that out of the way.)
Next: how can we expect to move forward if we are still carrying the past with us and dragging our burdens behind us? Answer: we can’t. It’s just like C.S. Lewis said: “Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.”
Expectation: Easy, right? Just leave it behind and move on!
Reality: NOT EASY.
We cannot truly move forward when our heart is heavy with scars, bitterness, regret, pain, sin, fear, disappointment, or any other kind of burden we carry.
But how do we overcome all these things and become free of them? How do we slowly erase these scars until our broken heart starts to heal?
Here’s a glorious thought: what if you could be given a new heart? What if there was a way that you could keep all the wisdom and experience and lessons you learned from your trials, but have the burden of them completely taken away? What if you could take your broken, tired, and weakened heart and exchange it for one that is strong, pure, free, and whole?
News flash: YOU CAN.
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is not just to pay the price for our sins, but it is help us truly become something. It gives us the chance to become new and clean over and over again each day, so that we may have the strength and the capacity to continue moving forward–today and always.
What a beautiful promise! Because of Jesus Christ, we do not have to be a slave to the past. We do not have to be a slave to sin, to death, to heartache. Because of Him, every day we have the chance to leave yesterday behind and begin again with a fresh start.
So what do we have to do in order to receive that gift? Give our heart over to Him! Not just some of it, not just what we want to give, but all of it. If we truly want to move forward, we have to trust God enough to put our lives entirely in His hands and live the life that He has commanded us to live. (See also Mark 8:35).
I can promise you as someone who is trying to become new through Christ everyday that His promise in Ezekiel is real. I have felt His redeeming power take my broken heart away and give me one that is new and whole. HE IS THERE, and He will help you!
So let go of the past. Give your heart over to Him. This year, resolve to become new through His grace. And I promise you, there will be far greater things ahead than any you will ever leave behind ♥
BRING ON 2014!
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)