I heard Steven Furtick, Senior Pastor of Elevation Church, say “God doesn’t make new things, He makes all things new.” At the same time He said that, Elevation Worship came out with a new CD with a song on it called “All Things New” that is directed toward this thought.
As we look through scripture the only time God created something was in the beginning in Genesis. After that God rested. He was done with creating things. His work was finished. Every time God is going to do something, He always uses what already exists, what we have in our possession, or what has already been created.
I was recently reading through the book of Acts and came across a prime example of this. In the beginning of Acts, Saul is going door to door persecuting Christians (See Acts 8:3). Then as Saul was on the road to Damascus, he had an encounter with Jesus. After this, we read that Saul’s name changes to Paul and is now going door to door preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ (See Acts 20:20). Saul went from house to house bringing death, but Paul went from house to house bringing life. We now know him as the apostle Paul who wrote 2/3rds of the New Testament. Jesus didn’t create something new, but He made Saul a new creation which we now refer to as Paul, one of the greatest apostles to ever live. This is why Paul writes later “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (See 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
I want to let someone who is reading this know that God will take what you have and make it new. You might not know how, but He will do it. You are probably thinking there is no way God can use me because of my past, there is no way that God can make me new, or there is no way that God can use what I’ve done for His good. Just like Paul, God will make all things new in Christ for you.