It’s a new chance, a new start; a clear line of demarcation that sets the tone of possibilities and hope for the future. That is one thing I really like about the “new year”. We can use it as a symbolic marker to separate the past from the future, history from hope, and move from “what was” to “what can be”. I like that! Regrets and miss-steps can become lessons learned to push us forward to better choices and results.
Last year my daughter and one of my sons challenged me to be proactive about my health, and they weren’t exactly gentle! My daughter Brittany told me “you have to make good choices and be consistent if you want to see results.” You have to change what you’re doing daily to change your life. Those words are Biblical, powerful, true and time tested. God calls us again and again in the scripture to make good decisions, be consistent and follow Him. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John: 14:15). “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23).
Jesus wants to be Lord in every area of our lives. We tend to put him in a box and assign him to only a few sectors–spiritual, moral, etc. This year, let’s give it all to Him (physical, spiritual, financial, social, emotional, marital, etc.) Let Him be LORD OF ALL, every part of our being. That’s what a disciple is! If we want Jesus to change our lives, we need to follow Him daily, “make good choices and be consistent”. That will bring results that we can see, now and in the future.
We can’t change what was, but we can shape what will be our future with God’s help and the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through our obedience to His commandments.
In His Grip,
Pastor John <><