From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God…
2nd Corinthians 5:16-20.
Here’s an idea. Let’s not make resolutions this New Year. Rather, with God’s help, let us:
- Regard no one from a human point of view, and instead seek and serve Christ in all persons.
- Live as if we are in Christ — be a new creation, and truly let go of those things we need to release.
- Fully embrace the ministry of reconciliation and truly live as ambassadors for Christ.
Unquestionably, an ambitious proposition. Yet, being a person of faith always requires that sort of ambition. And whatever we do, it is always with God’s help.
May God bless you and all those that are dear to you in this New Year.