29 January 2020
A New Beginning
As I write this blog, I am amazed that January is already coming to an end; the first month of a brand-new decade is nearly over! It is the beginning of 2020 that has prompted our next series of blog posts. The start of a new year brings for many a real desire to change, to turn over a new leaf. Whether it’s finally making the most of your gym subscription by actually going, or deciding to set aside 20 minutes a day to get through your pile of must-reads, or vowing to work on your relationship with a difficult friend, lots of us have resolutions.
The only problem is that lots of us don’t keep our resolutions. I’m fairly sure I’ve never kept a new year’s resolution past the end of January! I would love to be able to make real, lasting, transformational change, but I find it really difficult.
Incredibly, as Christians, we have already had a real, lasting, transformational change made within us! When we believe and trust in Jesus, we are given new beginnings, we turn over a new leaf. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul encourages us with this:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
I realise you may have read that verse many times before, but I think it has particular strength when we think about how useless we are at changing. Useless at changing in the small things like eating one less chocolate bar a day, and useless at changing in the big things like not getting so angry so often.
Therefore it is of great comfort that through Jesus' life, death and resurrection, we are made completely new. The old has gone, the new is here! God has made the most important transformation in our lives, and so we can trust that He will continue to help us with the daily challenges and struggles. As new creations, we have the Spirit within us, working to renew and change us to be more like Christ.
I don’t know whether you’ve visited the 'our aims' page of our website, but if you do you can read about everything we are aiming to do through the amazing work of our ministry partners. I would like to draw your attention to two of our objectives in particular…
WorldShare seeks “to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ” and “to bring about transformational change in communities”.
Here at WorldShare, we have an ongoing resolution to bring about real, lasting, transformational change, made possible through Jesus. As an organisation, we have the great privilege and joy of seeing how God can and does work in all countries and cultures to bring people to know Him. He uses the skills and efforts of ordinary people to transform the lives of ordinary people: practically, emotionally and spiritually.
As just one of many examples, our ministry partner JKPS in India seeks to, as their slogan says, “reach and transform communities by planting seeds of change”. They work with the poor and marginalised to raise leaders, empower women to become entrepreneurs, lift families out of poverty, help children living in impoverished communities to dream big, and restore hope and dignity for survivors of commercial sex trafficking. They bring new beginnings for people who have had difficult starts to life, and in turn they share the gospel, leading to more people rejoicing in being new creations.
This theme of 'new' is what our blog posts will focus on from now until Easter: the ways in which God radically changes people’s lives. We will be seeing how, through WorldShare and its ministry partners, God gives people a new identity, a new home, a new challenge, a new family and ultimately new life. We can’t wait to share some of our amazing stories with you.
We do hope that you are encouraged to persevere in your new beginnings, knowing that you are a new creation in Christ. And we also hope that you enjoy our next series of blog posts. Stay tuned!
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all." (2 Corinthians 4:16-17)
By Emily Hobbs, our Marketing & Communications Assistant here at WorldShare.