And the one who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.” Revelation 21:5
I have often praised newness, but I am starting to wonder if I want all things new. My family and I are in the process of transition. We have a lot of new coming into our lives. We will have new jobs, new school, new community, new house, and a new urban lifestyle. It can be overwhelming to think about all of the changes that are coming into our lives. We are comfortable with the way things are. We know what to expect.
I imagine that most people are like us in feeling overwhelmed by all things new. We want the expected and familiar. Yet, we want others to experience new life in Christ. We encourage people to take a leap of faith, but we don’t even like when our television shows are moved.
Perhaps those of us who have become comfortable in our faith need to remember that we were called to a life of transformation rather than a life of comfort. We are called to trust that God is in control of our lives, so we can experience new life and transformation. If we have become so comfortable that we want nothing to change, then how can God work in and through us? If we are unwilling to move from our comfortable and familiar places, then how can we experience the new life that God is offering to us?
I invite you to experience change. Put yourself in a new and different situation. Take a new way home. Do a new thing at lunch time. Dye your hair. Experience life in a new way. New life is only possible when we allow the new to come into our lives.