16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation
Over the next several days, or even weeks, people everywhere will be making New Year's Resolutions. Things like get fit, lose weight, save money, and spend more time with the family. I read one blog where the writer gave suggestions on how to have more sex with one's spouse. The sermon at church this week was to complain less during the new year. Even I will be making, and hopefully keeping, some resolutions.
But one thing I believe we need to reflect on, before singing Auld Lang Syne and kissing our sweethearts at the stroke of midnight, is that followers of Jesus Christ are already new creations. In the eyes of the very God who created us, because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that we accepted, we are no longer sinners, but saints. That is awesome news!
Now the trick is for us to remember that we can choose oatmeal for breakfast instead of the chocolate creme doughnut that is calling our names a bit too loudly, because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.