Some of the most popular shows on TV are about makeovers. How many of these do you remember? 

  • Pimp My Ride on MTV
  • Extreme Makeover – Home Edition
  • Fixer Upper by Joanna and Chip Gaines

We love to see impossibly broken down items and buildings made new (or even better) again. 

And then there were shows about transforming people:

  • What Not to Wear
  • The Biggest Loser
  • The Swan

God created us in His image. Just like Him, we love beautiful things; and we enjoy the wonders of restoration. The Scriptures paint a clear picture of our God as a Maker and a Father who never gives up on His creation. His heart for new beginnings was on full display in the plan of redemption which He wrought through Jesus, the Cross, and His resurrection. 

When Adam sinned in the Garden, the plan for man’s new beginning had already been carried out in the Father’s mind. Jesus came to deliver that plan to us:

“If anyone belongs to Christ, there is a new creation [the new creation has arrived; or that person has become a new creation]. The old things have gone; [ look;  behold] ·everything is made new [the new has come]!” (II Corinthians 5:17 The Expanded Bible)

The fall of mankind into sin introduced death into all of creation, starting with our hearts. Our open friendship with God was replaced with shame, rebellion, and an inability to communicate easily with Him. But He looked forward into His plan to save us and declared:

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you. I will remove your stubborn hearts and give you obedient hearts.” (Ezekiel 36:26)

Our world is so broken. The news headlines are filled with man-made and natural disasters from every corner of the globe. All our systems are showing frailty–education, judicial, economic, and health. Even the environment is suffering under the weight of humanity’s sin.

The good news is that the world will also be made new when God’s complete plan of redemption unfolds. John wrote down the vision of the future that was revealed to him by Jesus Christ:

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away…” (Revelation 21:1)

Although He is the Ancient of Days, our God is also full of wonders, and we will always be discovering new things about His depth of wisdom, love, and creativity. As we study the Bible, we learn that the Lord wants to carry us into adventures with Him, beginning with the new mercies He showers on us every morning. (Lamentations 3:23)

Faith Challenge:

Can you find these terms in the Bible? Use a concordance (or Google) to find Scriptures containing these phrases. How can they be applied in your life to show you something new about yourself, about the Lord, and about your relationship with Him?

  • New song
  • New thing
  • New wine
  • New and living way