Back in the 90s, there was a Christian rap group that was comprised of two funky white dudes and a soulful black guy who wrote a song about their differences. The group was D.C. Talk. If you are not old enough to remember them, go and search for them on Youtube, Spotify, or Apple Music. You will be pleasantly surprised. The reason I even reference these guys is because they wrote a song called “Nu Thang.” The song may be a little corny in light of today’s music, but the message is as real today as it was back then. “God is doing a Nu Thang,” or interpreted, “New Thing.” Yes, God is doing something new, or a least it appears that way to us. Why would I say that? The scriptures tell us in Hebrews that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, leading us to conclude that He is always the same.
If that is true, then how can He be doing something new?
Well, I’m glad you asked. God is omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipresent (everywhere in every time), which is hard for our finite minds to comprehend. I’m not saying we don’t pursue knowing as much about God as we can, but I am saying that our minds are limited and God isn’t. So, because God is infinitely greater than anything we can understand, comprehend, or fathom, Him being Himself appears to us as something new because He is revealing Himself to us more and more— which, by the way will take all eternity to do. Eternity has no end, so therefore God is forever, no beginning or end, and anything He reveals will be brand new to us. For some of you that may be a little too much. For others, it exhilarates you.
Doing a “Nu Thang” doesn’t automatically mean it is a good thing. New doesn’t always equal good and relevant, just like old doesn’t always equal bad or irrelevant. Old has its benefits. With “old” comes experience that you just can’t have when you are “new” (or, in this case, “young”). It’s not that you can’t get the experience; you just haven’t lived long enough. Just keep living on the north side of the dirt and you’ll get experience. It’s inevitable. So, what will you do with that experience? Will you let it make you better or bitter? Will you try and reproduce the past or look to God for new things?
The nation of Israel had become stagnant and stuck in their ways. Their culture changed from being God-honoring and holy to a selfish and idolatrous culture. In the book of Isaiah, God says that the former things have passed away and He is declaring “new things.” He also says that before He does them, He will tell us. Isaiah then proceeds to tell us to sing a new song to the Lord. “Singing a new song” is said by many writers in the Old Testament. Why? Because, if you are growing in your relationship with God, He is always doing
something “new” in you. From those times with Him comes new songs of praise. They may not be the “new song” that the whole church body is going to sing, but it’s a “new song” nonetheless for you to sing to God.
We cannot depend on yesterday’s experience for today. God is so massive and immense that every small thing He reveals about Himself is monumental to us. What has God revealed to you lately that has blown your mind? Maybe not blown your mind, but what has God revealed to you lately about Himself? Nothing? If that is so, then maybe you need to “freshen up” your relationship with God. By “freshen up”, I am not talking about going to church or doing religious activities. Do I think going to church and doing godly things are good and important? Yes. That’s not where you build your relationship with God, though. That would be equivalent to eating once a week on Sunday, snacking every now and then, and expecting to grow strong and have the nutrients that you need to work and live the other six days of the week. Besides, why would you want to be spoon-fed by a pastor or whoever is speaking that week? Is what they are saying good? Yes, a thousand times, yes. But you can’t survive on one meal a week or being spoon-fed. It’s just weird… spiritually speaking, that is.
The author of two thirds of the New Testament, Paul, said, “Follow me as I
follow Christ.” By the way, if you didn’t know, Paul was called Saul before he
met Jesus, and Saul was very proud of the fact that he would have Christians
put to death. He persecuted them and mocked what they believed. He caused
the death of hundreds of Christians. However, God did something so new and
fresh in his life that it revolutionized him. It turned his thinking upside down.
Well… I should actually say right-side up. It changed his heart toward people,
especially the people he hated. He became one of the people he had previously
persecuted and murdered. After all Paul had done and been through, he was
able to say, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” You would think that Paul would have ventured into the wilderness, found a cave, and hid there for the rest of his life, but he didn’t. He made himself vulnerable to the Holy Spirit and thus God was able to move in his life on a regular basis, doing something fresh and new.
Do you think you could look at someone with confidence and say what Paul said? “Follow me as I follow Christ.” If not, God is ready to do something fresh and new in your life. Just make yourself available and vulnerable. Honestly, what do you have to lose? Fear, remorse for bad decisions, uncertainty, a sad and mundane life. When we do open up to God, our creator and lover of our soul, He will do more than we could ever understand, comprehend, imagine, or think. By the way, that’s what the Apostle Paul said.
Get ready for something fresh and new.