As I rode my bike this morning, I actually felt a relief that the human side of Christmas is over and we can now look ahead to the deep work of the Gospel. Now dont get me wrong, I love Christmas with all its lights, pomp and circumstance, and of course most importantly the birth of our savior, but, there is as with anything, a spirit of competition which can strangle the true meaning of the season. If that spirit gets a hold of us than debt and depression is surely not far behind.
So as the New Year comes to a rapid close, instead of a “resolution” in the body, lets be steadfast and make a resolution in the spirit. Not a resolution, but a re-dedication, or even better a reconciliation in your heart to The Lord that affects your will, emotions and your mind to DO and BE more like Jesus in 2019. This means, more study, more WAITING ON HIS ANSWER before you respond, more worship more praise and more service without grumbling. It will also mean stepping out of your places of comfort to get involved with the lost and dying to speak boldly of Christs love…No more feel good safe places in this NEW position.
Christmas should create in us humility and a grateful heart with an even greater understanding that God CHOSE to send His son to save us from our sinful behaviors and to forgive us repeatedly. Christmas should give us “pause” to then hit the ground running to help others.
It is by the Grace and Mercy of our Father that we have life…..ABUNDANTLY.
Its not about us.
Happy New Year!
Romans 8:9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you.
1 Corinthians 3:21-23 So don’t be proud of your allegiance to any human leader. For actually, you already have everything! It has all been given for your benefit, 22 whether it is Paul or Apollos or Peter the Rock, or whether it’s the world[q] or life or death, or whether it’s the present or the future—everything belongs to you! 23 And now you are joined to the Messiah, who is joined to God.
“When we belong to Jesus, we’re finally able to make God look glorious in our lives.” John Piper