At midnight on December 31st, people celebrate the end of the old year and the start of the new. It brings a new semester, and each student’s grade starts with a clean slate. It brings the life of spring after the death of winter; it serves as a symbol of hope and good fortune. Some might celebrate with a toast and a glass of champagne, others with fireworks; there are parties and family gatherings, and there is joy in making New Year’s resolutions. Even though the tradition of making goals for the New Year does not come from Scripture, we should each, as Christians, seek to grow in every aspect of our lives. Making resolutions for the New Year is a great way to accomplish this. 2 Corinthians 5:17, 21 says,
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come… For our sake [God] made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
The Bible teaches that when sinners put their faith in Jesus Christ, they are born again, and God expects them to put away their old self and live for Him as a new creation. God gives those who put their faith in him a chance to put aside sin and put on righteousness. He forgives us when we sin and catches us when we fall, bringing us back to him when we sin and helping us to grow.
For some students, maybe it’s a good time to think about procrastination and to set a goal to not put off the work teachers or parents assign. For others, it is a good time to start trying to bring up a bad grade. Maybe there is a temptation in some area or a spiritual fruit that is not being exercised; perhaps there is a family member or friend with whom another needs to reconcile.
It’s always good to tell someone else about our goals, whether it’s a parent, sibling, friend, teacher, or another person, not just to keep ourselves accountable to our resolutions but so they can help in our struggles. Scripture says that when someone becomes a new creation in Christ, they are adopted into his family. Everyone is a brother or sister in Christ, and God wants us to go to others and to Him for help; He does not expect us to grow on our own.
If a student struggles with procrastination or a certain class, they can ask a teacher for assistance, a parent for accountability, or God for perseverance and diligence. If someone struggles with a temptation, God has provided pastors, parents, and other adults to help, guide, and pray for them, and God is always willing to provide strength. Once made into a new creation, a Christian is in Christ, and Christ is in him; He will always help his children to grow.
Celebrating the New Year is a celebration of a new beginning and a fresh start. We can look forward to a new school semester in which our grades are not affected by any of the low grades from the first semester; we look forward to spring and the life that comes after the death of winter. It should serve as a great reminder to Christians of the new beginning God has given when one puts their faith in him, and it should compel us to seek to grow, putting on righteousness and doing away with the old self.
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