The word NEW is a theme throughout the Word of God, particularly its use in the title of the NEW Testament. All creation was new when God created it, and when man sinned and fell from grace with God, He even created a new plan to redeem mankind by the death and resurrection of His one and only Son, Jesus. It was a new beginning.
A newborn is just that … a baby born new; never been before but now is new with life. Our lives are often full of new—newlyweds, new homes, new cars, new jobs, new clothes, new friends, and new experiences. Everyone likes new, because it means an opportunity for fresh and untapped resources … new beginnings.
Here we are now facing a new year; a clean sheet, so to speak, to further extend Christ to a world yet not totally reached with His message of love and salvation. It is an occasion to look ahead with new inspiration and new impact as the Lord leads and directs … new beginnings.
One of the most exciting uses of the word “new” is found in Isaiah 62:2 where God says …Thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name. When we accept God’s plan of salvation, we are given a NEW name! From that time forward, we are in a new world of blessings and benefits, propagating Jesus’ characteristics … new beginnings.
The Scripture tells us in Lamentations 3:23 … Thy mercies are new every morning. What an encouragement for the days we encounter in this present life’s struggles; His mercies are new every morning. He will see us through all the difficulties with His tender mercies … new beginnings.
Ezekiel 36:26 states … A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you. One’s motives and focuses are touched with a new heart—a heart full of Jesus’ love. All failures, regrets, and mistakes are of the past; one reaches forth with renewed energy and devotion to the “fresh starts” God grants … new beginnings.
Hebrews 8:13 promises … A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Whatever was before, God makes all things new, including His covenant with us. We are His new children, and all that belongs to Him belongs to us … new beginnings.
In the book of Revelation 21:5 we read … And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. These words are of the future to be enjoyed by God’s children throughout eternity. NOTHING will be old; all will be new and wondrous … truly everlasting new beginnings.
You see, God really likes NEW! And, World Missions and its leadership, Director Dr. David M. Griffis and Assistant Director Dr. M. Thomas Propes, are more committed than ever to be part of new beginnings—new places to reach with the Gospel, new plantings of churches, and new developments of discipleship strategies—all to the glory of God, the author of new beginnings!