Today is the first day to a brand new semester. Most of us are either excited about our classes, while others are contemplating skipping the very first day of a dreaded class. However, we all have one feeling in common: We are hopeful to start fresh this semester. Procrastination? No problem, you have a time management system in place for that. Skipped a few too many classes? You bought another alarm and have a trusted roomie on standby for wakeup duty.
Starting anew is something we strive for in relationships as well, especially in our walk with Christ. When we come to the cross just as we are—broken, weary, and longing—Christ renews and restores us; Christ makes us anew from the very first moment we turn to Him.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
This verse speaks of the spiritual regeneration, the new birth that we as Christians have at the point of salvation. This reminds us also of the forgiveness of sins we as Believers have in Christ. We no longer live for our flesh, but live for Christ.
This semester, I encourage you to remember our spiritual “fresh start” that took place when we accepted Christ as our Savior.