A new year, a new you. That is a common line we hear when New Year’s rolls around. It seeks to inspire and encourage us to make resolutions and commitments for the new year. It’s reasonable to say that there is something we would like to change about ourselves. Maybe it’s a better vocation, a healthier body, more appropriate reactions to the challenges that life brings. The list goes on.
In 2 Corinthians 4:16 Paul says, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.” It’s not that encouraging to think about our bodies wasting away. It is a reality that we do not like to dwell on or be confronted with even though we cannot escape this truth.
Paul passes by our bodies wasting away for a greater more surpassing truth of our inner self being renewed day by day. There is something that is happening in the Christian as they live out their days. Outwardly, we are getting older, but inwardly we are being renewed. There is a dying to sin and a living to righteousness that is taking place in us as Christians (1 Pet 2:24) as we abide in Christ (Jn 15:4). We are developing Christlikeness. Paul is getting our minds focused on that future hope, our eternal home in heaven (2 Cor 5:1) which we have right now.
As you embark on this new year, don’t lose heart with all the brokenness you see around you and even in you. Instead, be of good courage, walking by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:6-9). Day by day take the next step of walking “in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God." (Col 1:10) Remember this promise that “he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence." (2 Cor 4:14) Meditate on these things as you start the year.