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Revelation 21 :1,5

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth…

The one who sat on the throne said, “Look, I am making all things new.”

Some day God is going to renew the cosmos, and we will no longer have the obstacles of evil and barriers to God’s presence to worry about.

Until then, we need to enjoy the smaller scale renewals which prepare us for life on new earth. Scripture tells us that even though our physical bodies wear down, our spirits are being renewed day by day.

We do get a foretaste of life on new earth, as long as we allow our spirits to be renewed, and our lives and minds to be purged of all that is unfit for our future home. Yes, this can hurt, but may we keep hopeful with the picture in Revelation of where it is all heading. We have a short time here on old earth where sin has much sway, though God’s kingdom grows. But we will have an incomparably longer time on new earth where sin is no more and God Himself will dwell with us. As one person humorously noted, “We’re dead a lot longer than we’re alive.” Of course we know that “dead” for us means newly alive.

We’re approaching a new calendar year, so may we live out some of our pre-cosmic renewal by living out that daily renewal of our spirit to bring us closer to new earth shape.

One way I’ve been thinking of this for 2019 is this:

3 “Tions” to Shun

  1. Distractions
  2. Expectations
  3. Limitations

Here’s a short unfolding of these three:

Shedding distractions from God’s presence by decluttering our mind and life, perhaps by having time away from screens and practicing Sabbath.

Stop trying to live to others’ expectations, which is one of the top 5 regrets of dying people, as you may remember.

Do not feel the need to live according to others’ limitations, because their life is not your life. Sometimes we’re made to feel guilty for having what others do not, be it the ability to walk or read, or electricity, or a family intact… We need to live well the life God has given us and instead of apologizing for it, use it to bring attention to Jesus, and help others as we are able.

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