The new has come. It’s a new year. It’s a new season. And it can be the first day of a new life for anyone who is ready to do what it takes to become new. Embracing change is not just a nice concept, it’s what we are here on earth for.

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It’s interesting that the start of a new year comes right after tearing into dozens of new packages with new things. Also note how long the new lasts. We never want to give someone a used item for a gift, however the item will used as soon as it is opened. It only takes seconds for anything material to become old.

Eternal Life

I’d love to invent something that would never be old or wear out. Even God didn’t do that. Or did He?

Much like the salad dressing in my refrigerator, we all have expiration dates. It is appointed to us once to die.God said every day of our lives were recorded in His book before a single one came to pass.That means to me they have an end or do they?

Of course our earthly bodies have an expiration date, but we do not have to. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life.”3

For eternal life, it says right there all we have to do is believe. However, it’s more than just saying the words or walking an aisle. It’s not just us walking up to someone and asking if they believe in God and them saying, “I’m American aren’t I? Or course I believe.”

Belief

Belief, though, is more than just saying the words or walking the aisle. The same verse in the Amplified version gives us more insight into what that word means. “I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, he who believes in Me [who adheres to, trusts in, relies on, and has faith in Me] has (now possesses) eternal life.”4

This is no Sunday-morning-only belief. This is a belief that turns your entire life upside down. It is transformational belief. It is belief that makes everything you have been doing old, used up to the point that it needs to be discarded.

Paul says it this way. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone. The new is here!”5  This can be a bit bothersome for those of us who have grown up in the church. My father was in Bible college when I was born. There has rarely been a Sunday I have not been in church unless sick or gone and not near a church.

Nothing substantially changed when I became a Christian at age seven. There was no big transformation from age seven to eight. At least not on the outside and really not very much in my behavior except that I now knew I wasn’t just obeying my parents, but God as well.

Becoming New

Though I say I didn’t become different, I really did. At that moment I became new. My eternal destination was determined. Before that moment I would have an eternal destination of torment. After that moment I would live forever in Paradise. And while I am here on earth I will begin to go from glory to glory. God’s Spirit would begin to work in me to make me more and more like Him and eventually I will be “changed into His glorious image.”6

Here’s the interesting thing. I have, as all humans do, grown older. End-of-life issues are much closer when you reach 60 than when you are pressing 10. However, God says I am continually being changed into His glorious image. I am always being made new.

This is a good thing because as I am paying to have my gray hair colored and slathering on lotion to cover wrinkles, something new about me sounds pretty good. However, as we grow older we are only growing more new each day. We getting closer and closer to the image God planned for us when He first thought of us.

We weep and pine and mourn for loved ones who have passed on, but in reality they are in the place where everything is made new. “And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then He said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’ And He also said, ‘It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega—the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be My children.'”

The Destination

No one knows what heaven will be like exactly, but this one thing I do know. It is NEW. And in order for us to be admitted we will be given new and glorified bodies. However, we still be ourselves. Which means the lessons we’ve learned here will be of use in that place.

Scripture indicates after death we will know and be known so much about us will be the same. The disciples recognized Jesus although He was changed. Peter, James and John recognized Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration.8 Saul knew Samuel who returned from the dead in his spiritual state.9

It is to our eternal destination that we will take the lessons learned here in this earthly body — our character, our soul, our spirit, the works we did,10 the essence of who we are. It is just that we will have so much that is new, we won’t have time to worry, fret or be anxious. We will be in the presence of perfect love and nothing else will matter..

Embrace Change

So here’s the truth, if we want to be everything we can and should be for eternity, we need to embrace all the changes God wants to throw our way. Because in the final analysis, change means we are headed somewhere glorious! We need to dress in our finest — and since clothes won’t be an issue, that means who we are must change at our core.

It took many many years to understand how important change is to God and therefore, to me. I believe it is the purpose of why we are here. This is the training ground. To learn the lessons we will use in eternity, we must embrace change. We must be excited about continually being made new.

I’m ready. How about you?

1Hebrews 9:27 NIV

2 Psalms 139:16 NLT

3 John 6:47 NLT

4 John 6;47 AMP

5 2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV

6 2 Corinthians 3:18 NIV

7 Revelation 21:5-7 NLT

8 Matthew 17:1-13

9 1 Samuel 28

10 Revelation 14:13

 

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Teresa Shields Parker
Teresa Shields Parker is a Christian weight loss author, coach and speaker, who has lost more than 260 pounds. Her book, "Sweet Grace: How I Lost 250 Pounds and Stopped Trying to Earn God's Favor", is the number 1 Christian Weight Loss Memoir on Amazon. She has two more books, "Sweet Freedom: Losing Weight and Keeping It Off With God's Help" and "Sweet Change: True Stories of Transformation" in addition to "Sweet Grace" and "Sweet Freedom Study Guides". Her fourth book "Sweet Hunger: Developing An Appetite for God" will be available in summer 2017. All books are on Amazon. Her Coaching Programs can be found under the Weight Loss or writing tabs at TeresaShieldsParker.com. To book Teresa for your next event, check the Speaking Tab.

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