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. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:16–18, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “From now on.” Sounds like a resolution to me. Perhaps you are one of the multitudes that regards Christ “from a worldly point of view?” You go from one year to the next, resolving that the next year will be better. But come the end, it “[looked] just like the OLD year.” Funny, but then again not so funny, how disillusion kind of rhymes with resolution.
The problem is, and always has been, that we view things “from a worldly point of view” rather than an otherworldly point of view. The old cannot be gone and the new cannot come as long as we continue to view Christ this way. No matter how earnestly we resolve otherwise. We always try to grab hold of the new while still holding onto the old. It does not work that way. Never has. Becoming a new creation, not patching up the old one, requires God’s point of view. He only has one. It is His Son. You must be “in” Him.
My Advice – “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him [worldly point of view]. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God –born of God.” (John 1:10–13, NIV 1984). Born again. A resolution to receive Him, to believe in His name is a lasting resolution. Why? Because God keeps it for you. You will never be disillusioned. What do you say? Time to leave the old behind and fully grab onto the new? Read my blog series “The Born Again Experience” to learn how to do just that.