By: Peter Larocque – November, 2015
I remember years ago, a friend of mine who lived down the street from where I lived got a new bike. But this was not just an ordinary bike; it was The New Varoom Bike from Mattel with Stingray handlebars, which came with the sound of a motorcycle.
This new bike made him feel like he owned the street! Right around this same time my parents bought me a new bike, but my bike although new, wasn’t as fancy as my friend’s bike. So I did the next best thing I could think of to give my new bike the sound of a motorcycle, which was to take old clothes pins with old duplicate baseball cards and clip them to the bicycle spokes of the front and rear tires so that as the wheels turned it made a sound similar to my friend’s bike. The sound wasn’t as loud, but it was the next best thing.
When I read Isaiah 43:19, “Behold, I will do a new thing;” I’m reminded of the new bike story. Notice God didn’t say I’m doing the same old thing again with a different look and God didn’t say that he was doing the next best thing! He said he was going to do a new thing!
In the Gospel of Matthew 9:17 and following Jesus said, “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles and both are preserved.” The Gospel of Luke adds the following, Luke 5:39, “No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, the old is better.” So from these words of Jesus we see that the mixing of the old with the new is not necessarily the desired thing that God wants done.
When a person makes Jesus Christ Lord and believes that God raised him from the dead, that person is saved, born again, and at that moment God places that person “in Christ”. According to 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature [new creation], old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Once a person is saved, that person becomes part of a family, the family of God. That individual becomes A New Creation in Christ! God makes it personal by making that person a New Creation!
Galatians 2:20 goes on to tell us, “I am [was] crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I [the old], but Christ liveth in me [the new], and the [New] life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” We are made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus according to 2 Corinthians 5:21! Proverbs 4:18, also tells us “But the path of the just [the righteous] is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”
Because of the Perfect Finished Work of Jesus Christ at the Cross, God can now make everyone new! No repeats! Years ago I believed that God was looking for the next Apostle Paul, the next Billy Graham, or even the next Oral Roberts to rise up. But God has already done that. He desires to do something new!
You see, God doesn’t need you or me to redo what someone else has already done, or shine in someone else’s light! He will work with us right where we are at and together do a new thing! We read in 2 Corinthians 6:1, “We then, as workers together with him …” Together we can do a new thing!
In the New Living Translation Bible, Philippians 4:13, reads as follows, “For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need”. In the Message Bible it says, of that same verse, “Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am”. This is why with Christ we can see, hear and do a New Thing Together!
Colossians 1:16, 17, 27, NLT, “Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see–kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. (17) He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together.
(27) For it has pleased God to tell his people that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. For this is the secret: Christ lives in you, and this is your assurance that you will share in his glory.”
God in Christ in you makes all things concerning you, New! No Repeats! He is not looking to do what he has already done! He even doesn’t want to do the next best thing like I did with my new bike. God wants to do a New Thing in us and with us!
Love you all, Peter Larocque