What Will be "New" this Year?
Sunday, 26 December 2010 05:00
Much adieu is made over the New Year. Why is it that this much fuss is not made over a “New Day” or a “New Week” or even a “New Month”? I would encourage you to read James 4:13-17 and particularly observe verse 17. It ought to make us stop and think.
Nevertheless, there is something to be said for a fresh start to things that cycle on an annual basis. Sometimes “new” implies brand new—never before possessed. Other times, “new” is used to simply contrast from the “old.” What will be “New” for you this year?
Perhaps you need a NEW EMPHASIS. Take the emphasis off of worldly things, such as making money, recreating and entertaining yourself and pursuing material things, and place it on spiritually important matters (1 Tim. 6:17-19). Where does your faith stand right now? If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you? Faith is more than saying “I believe,” it is living “I believe!” Make this the day you start to live “I believe.”
Maybe you need a NEW OUTLOOK. Perhaps your perspective has been a bit hopeless lately—yet not with regard to fiscal hopes or material hopes. There are many materially blessed people who have no genuine hope in this life. Are you one of these (Rom. 8:24-25)? Perhaps you are among the “have nots” and lament your position. Shift your perspective upward toward God and the home He has created for us and your lamentations can be turned into joys!
More than likely, you need a NEW PURPOSE! Purpose to love in a deeper way. Purpose to pray more often. Purpose to read and study God’s word more often. Purpose to give more of yourself to the Lord (Luke 14:26-33). Purpose to be more active in your walk with God. For those who have never believed in God, purpose to know, believe and obey God—for He is good (Mark 10:18)!
What will be “New” for you this year?