Material World

Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new.’ And He said to me, ‘Write, for these words are true and faithful.’”—Revelation 21:5 (NKJV)

I like new. I like when I put a new set of tires on my vehicle. I like when my house gets a new roof put on it. I like when I discover a new restaurant to add to the regular rotation. I like when I find a new shortcut that saves time on my commute. I like when a new piece of technology replaces an old one. I like when a new season of my favorite show is ready in my viewing queue. I like when . . . you get the idea. 

Here’s something else that I know to be true: I’m not alone. While we all have a particular fondness for certain things that trigger a sense of nostalgia in us, like a childhood toy or memento, on the whole there’s a universal longing and appreciation for that which is new.

Why is that? For one thing, we understand that we live in a corrupted context. Ever since the fall in Eden, the material world around us has been on a downward trend. Things decay and get destroyed. In this life, there are moths, there is rust, there are those who steal, kill, and destroy. It’s an inescapable reality, and because of this reality, newness is frequently needed in order to replace what’s here today but will be gone tomorrow. In many ways, it’s an unending pursuit that we can never fully shake free of while here on earth.

However, there is an end in sight. Those who are in Christ, having placed their faith in Him, are heading somewhere . . . to a place defined by the following promise: “I make all thing new.” Among the many glories to be eternally experienced in heaven is the fact that it’s an environment that rings with newness!

The deep desire for newness that we all carry inside of us will be fully satisfied once we enter into heaven. God, Himself, will take all that we know of earth, destined to decay, and will replace it with that which is everlastingly new. There will be no need to replace, renew, revive, restore, refinish, retread, or re anything once we enter into our eternal state in heaven. The Creator of all things has prepared a place of perfect newness for us; and only time temporarily separates us from it. Keep your focus fixed on that fact.

DIG: Why do we like new?

DISCOVER: How has God anticipated our fulfillment of this desire? 

DISPLAY: Do a Bible search for verses about how God makes things new and reflect on how these truths impact your outlook today.


About the Author

Pastor Dan Hickling

Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.