An author once stated, “I wish there were some wonderful place called ‘the Land of Beginning Again,’ where all of our past mistakes and heartaches, and all of our poor selfish grief, could be dropped like a shabby old coat at the door and never be put on again” (Louisa Tarkington, Putting Your Past Behind You, p.13).
This idea of “a new beginning” has always been an appealing one because we’ve all messed up (Romans 3:23). There are hundreds of movies where the main character’s goal is to go back in time and correct mistakes of the past. We wish that we could have a fresh start. There are words we wish we could take back, actions we wish we hadn’t done, and decisions we wish we hadn’t made.
Unfortunately, there isn’t some magic time portal. The great news is there are two times we can get a serious fresh start.
The first fresh start comes at baptism. Romans 6:3-4 tells us, “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Without a doubt, a new life, or a fresh start, begins as baptism when our sins are washed away (Acts 22:16). The problem is, even though we are getting a spiritual fresh start, we might still have to deal with the consequences of our previous sins. Thankfully, there is the other fresh start.
The second fresh start comes in heaven. Revelation 21:25-27 explains, “In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” To put it simply, there is no sin in heaven. All of our mistakes, sins, and poor decisions will be “left at the door” and will never be a part of us again. In heaven, there is no punishment. We will be cleansed and remain so forever. Talk about the ultimate fresh start!
The kicker is that in order to obtain this, we must be saved (1 Peter 3:21), and then remain faithful until death (Revelation 2:10). How very sweet this will be. Let’s make sure we are living in a way to obtain this reward!