Date: Tuesday, November 26
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Verse: So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I try to clean my desk before I leave the office on Friday afternoon. I go through the piles of papers that have accumulated throughout the week, filing some and putting others into recycling. Books I’d been using are returned to their shelves. The leftover mail, mostly catalogs, is filed, dealt with, or tossed. I do this because I like coming into a clean desk on Sunday. The clean desk signals the end of the week passed, and the start of a new week filled with possibility. Maybe you feel it after your spring (or fall) cleaning. Or maybe you are looking forward to the new year for a similar new start. Or maybe you felt it back in mid-August with the beginning of a new school year. There is something about newness that gives us a sense of unlimited possibility with what might be ahead.
All too often though, we get stuck in the past. The junk in our lives piles up and we cannot shake it. We hold onto old hurts, old mistakes, and old habits. Sometimes we even allow them to define our future, telling ourselves things will always be as they have always been.
The message of the Gospel though is that God has come in the person of Jesus to reconcile the whole world, including us, to himself. God is cleaning the desk. All the old stuff is being put away, and the future is filled with possibility and newness in him.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the offer of newness in you. Teach me to let go of the old and see the new. Amen.
Action: Clean something today. Empty your inbox. Go through your junk drawer. Clean your desk. Make something “new.”
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