I remember the first new vehicle I ever bought. It was a 1984 Nissan S/T Pickup. I remember how it drove, how it smelled, how it felt to own something that had never belonged to anyone else before.
I remember our first new house. Not a home that was new to us, but a house that we built from the ground up. I remember the day we moved in and how thrilled Melissa and I were to be homeowners at a particularly young age.
But things change.
Sometimes I wish I still had that truck, but I’m sure now it is in a junkyard somewhere. Occasionally, I wish I was still in that little house, but when I go back, I realize how little it really is.
This is how it should be.
You see, the truck I bought in 1984 and the house we built in 1986 would no longer suit our needs. They were great at the time, and helped us get to the point in our life where we are presently. But we’ve grown and taken on newer things out of necessity. You see, in almost every facet of our lives, what got us “here” won’t get us “there.”
Because this is how God planned it.
God wants and expects us to live our lives in anticipation. He expects us to change and grow. He wants us to experience satisfaction in our desire for Him, but more importantly, to experience restlessness in the journey to Him. He wants us to crave new.
In his revelation, John gives us a sneak preview of a time to come…a new heaven and a new earth created at a time when God declares that He will make all things new. The skies will be peeled back by the voice of God, our world will be consumed by itself, and we’ll go home… to something eternally new. It’s tough to imagine our quest for new ever stopping, but when God makes all things new, it will.
So, until then, how about we seek new together? Try to remember what new felt like as you began your walk with Jesus and be greedy to feel that again. Try to remember the jubilation you felt the first time you helped someone else become a new person in Christ, and hunger for it to happen again. Look for new ways to strengthen and grow the kingdom of God in this little corner of the world we call Clear Creek.
Let’s press on to new together. But just remember, in our quest for new, what got us “here” won’t get us “there.”