All Things New

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All Things New – A New Commandment


As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once. Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going. So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” – John 13:31-35

Many people today, even Christians, are not comfortable or receptive to the idea of “commandment.” Yet Jesus (our Lord and King) commands us to love one another. We don’t (or even can’t) do this perfectly, but when we fall short, we need to see that as sin and repent of it. As we grow closer to Christ, the Holy Spirit will work more and more often through us, so that our loving words and actions “prove to the world that we are [Jesus’] disciples.”

All Things New – New Relationships


Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Colossians 3:11-15 (NLT)

To be the holy people God intends us to be, our actions toward others must become more Christlike. As the body of Christ, we are called to live in togetherness, in fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. When we catch ourselves not being merciful, not being kind, not being humble, etc., it should move us to repent and let God’s forgiveness strengthen us as we act to restore our relationships with one another.

All Things New – Servant Attitude


Read Philippians 2:5-11

Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross. (Philippians 2:7-8 NLT)

”What’s in it for me?” is not the attitude of Christ. Secure in His status as the Son of God, Christ willingly became a servant (and then our Savior). As Christ-followers, we are expected to be secure in our status as children of God and willingly serve others as we follow Jesus’ example.

All Things New – New Attitude


Read Philippians 2:1-11

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. (Philippians 2:5 NLT)

Our natural drift pattern is away from God—his desires, his thoughts, his way of life. An attitude is an advance decision as to how we are going to desire, feel, think, or act in any situation; our attitudes are rooted in our true beliefs. Here are some examples of how you can trade in your own sinful attitudes for the attitude of Christ Jesus.

All Things New – New Identity


Read 1 Peter 1:3-7

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance (1 Peter 1:3-4a, NLT)

The battle is won; Jesus has paid the price for our sin. Because we are born again by God’s mercy, we have a new identity in Christ. We now have a priceless inheritance, not only eternally in heaven, but even now, as our faith during trials brings honor and glory to God.

All Things New – New Birth


Read John 3:1-8
Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life. So don’t be surprised when I say, ‘You must be born again.’ (John 3:5-7 NLT)
The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to recall and reflect upon our new birth in Christ, to surrender to his spirit, and to engage in the things that set up growth in this new life.