Yesterday, Apple set a new record for how many people were looking at their phones and tablets at exactly the same time. Ok, I made that up, but it’s probably true. Everyone was excited about iOS 7. Some people were checking their phones every 5 minutes to see if the update was ready yet. Now, you can hardly look at any news source without seeing multiple articles about it. iOS 7 is big. Why is it big? Because it is new. It is different, it’s fresh and exciting. As humans, we like things that are new. Ok, there are some exceptions, like my dad who still fondly reminisces about typewriters, but for the most part, there is an excitement about things that are new.
In Romans 6:4, Paul says, “we were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that . . . we too might walk in newness of life.” Paul says that there is a newness to our lives when we become christians, and are buried with Christ in baptism. In 2 Corinthians we are told that, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” When we are in Christ, that newness is us, we become a new creation that is made after the likeness of God (Eph. 4:24).
What should all this newness make us do? It should make us rejoice! When the Ethiopian Eunuch was baptized in Acts 8, it says that he went on his way rejoicing (Acts 8:39). Often times, however, we christians are not characterized by joyfulness. We are seen as depressed, negative, and unhappy people. This should not be the case! We, as christians, should be the happiest of all people because we have been born again, in Christ, for salvation. Perhaps we need to pray the words spoken by David in Psalm 51:12, “restore to me the joy of your salvation.” While iOS 7 is cool, it will be replaced next year, but our newness in Christ will never need updating. Rejoice in the lord alway!