How are you at trying a new thing? I know personally I am the worst at trying anything new. New things can include new foods, new places, new gadgets or even new ways of doing something. It is dangerous to try a new thing. So, why bother?
Their are multiple reasons for trying something new. For me the main reason is “if I don’t try I will never know”. Most practical knowledge comes through new experiences.
“So then, if anyone is in Christ, that person is part of the new creation. The old things have gone away, and look, new things have arrived!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 CEB2 Corinthians 5:17 CEB
Without experiencing new things we miss out on all God has in store for us. Life can be boring if we’re not willing to try something new.
When Beth and I were called to a small church on Vancouver Island it was a completely new thing. It seems God wanted us to grow, to learn and to experience what it means to be part of His new creation. We discovered house church at this time. By trying a new thing we discovered something else new to us.
Experiencing a new thing seems to be a multiplication process. We discover one new thing which leads to another and then another. In our pursuit to learn more about house (organic, simple or micro) churches we soon discovered online ministry and recognized its’ possibilities. Though we started this journey of discovery at the end of the last millennium as the decades pass we continue to learn new things. It seems discovering one new thing leads to discovering many more.
Regardless of whether we succeed or fail we learn when we try new things. Most important spiritual growth happens when we put what we learn into practice. For myself I continue, not always willingly, to try new things and discover more about Jesus’ way. What is a new thing that God wants you to try?
“Do not remember the former things nor consider the things of old. See, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not be aware of it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. The beast of the field shall honor Me, the jackals and the owls, because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen ones. This people I have formed for Myself; they shall declare My praise.” Isaiah 43:18-21 MEV
“Each of you is now a new person. You are becoming more and more like your Creator, and you will understand him better. It doesn’t matter if you are a Greek or a Jew, or if you are circumcised or not. You may even be a barbarian or a Scythian, and you may be a slave or a free person. Yet Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.” Colossians 3:10-11 CEV
Relying on God has to start all over everyday, as if nothing has yet been done. C. S. Lewis
All of God’s people are ordinary people who have been made extraordinary by the purpose he has given them. Oswald Chambers