11th October 2017

Brand Spanking New!

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)

Have you ever had a dream of owning something special, perhaps a shiny new car for example, in order to fulfil the dream. We are willing to sacrifice and do without other things in order to attain our dream. We can see the goal in our mind’s eye. It may take months, years even, but finally…we have saved enough to purchase the desired object. We savour the smell of the new upholstery, the shine of the dashboard, the feel of the steering wheel, and rightly, we take personal delight in our achievement.

In time, however, the novelty of newness wears off and we lose the initial delight of ownership. The car becomes simply a means of transport that can easily become a drain on our pockets.

How blessed we are that God does not lose his delight in us! The price he paid for us was his only precious Son. Difficult as it is to consider, God our Father has made us brand new in Christ, and he loves this new creation. Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV) says,The Lord your God…will take great delight in you; He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.” God sings over us! How incredible is that?

There is no novelty in this and we will not be discarded after a time. As we live our lives we need to remember just how much God really does love us. He crowns us with victory over the trials and difficulties of this present age, as it says in Psalm 149:4, “For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.”

No matter how old we are, no matter how jaded we feel with life’s pressures, take heart. God is delighting in us, singing over us. We are his very own brand spanking new creation – that’s you and me!

Prayer
Thank you, Lord God, for your infinite love and mercy in creating us as new and giving us another chance. We will never be worthy, but are eternally grateful.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford,
Herts. WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net