Wow. I can’t believe it’s another new year. Seems like each new one is gone before we know it and they just keep going faster.
Every year I do a quick inventory of the previous year, not to dwell on mistakes or regrets, but hopefully to learn from any, and to ponder on those gone, things found, steps taken and how I’ve been biding the time.
Heather brought up a few questions from her service this past Sunday, from their associate Pastor near the end of his message. I thought it’d be a good idea to post them again, because they’re worth thinking about.
1-What are some positive things you are looking forward to in your new home in the new heaven and earth?
2-What are some negative things you are so glad will not be a part of your new home with God?
3-What does waiting for Christ’s return and partnering with Him to fulfill His mission look like in your life?
Not everyone who visits here is a believer, and that’s ok. But if there is someone here reading this new year’s day message who isn’t a Christian, I hope you will consider those questions too- because whether you believe or not, there is still an eternity waiting for you. If you seriously think about those questions, and wonder what things would be like if you accepted that Jesus is Who He says He is- “I am the truth, the life and the way. No one comes to the Father but by me…” You have made a choice to seek the truth and the life- and the way. The truth is Jesus died for the sins of the world. The Bible tells us that God so loved the whole world, He gave us His only begotten Son so that He might save the world.
The Bible tells us that we don’t need to ‘clean ourselves up’ or be better people before Jesus accepts us- God has shown us how much he loves us—it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!
He is the life. He overcame sin and death on the cross, and through resurrecting 3 days later, He is eternal, the ever lasting and He loves you. He promises those who trust on Him- not just believe in Him, even the enemy believes, but put your whole trust on Him. I’ve heard it put this way, if you were on an airplane that suddenly lost power, and you were given a parachute, you’d not just pick it up and trust it to save you, you have to actually put it on.
It’s the same way with Jesus. Put Him on, trust He has forgiven if you’ve asked, and make Him the Lord of your life. That is the way- through Him to reconcile us to our Father in Heaven and He has promised that He is preparing a place for His own, to be with Him for eternity.
When He was on this earth, Jesus was the adopted son of a carpenter, who learned the trade. If He was an earthly builder here, can you imagine His heavenly carpentry skills? And the fact that it’s been over 2000 years in preparation?
I know it sounds like a fairy tale, pie in the sky, take it on faith… living happily ever after. I know. It was hard for me to believe too for a long time.
All I can say though, is it’s true, and He is True. You’ll find out when you seek Him that He’s been pursuing you! That is too good of news not to share!
Well, that was totally not what I was planning on for a New Year’s Day post- but it’s an important one still. What I was planning on, is something else I do every New Year’s day- check off my list of things I pray for for my family and friends, especially those of you here, and our MG & Snake.
I pray for a year of gaining wisdom through whatever the year throws at us, for health and healing, God our Great Physician knows all our wearying bodies. I pray for a safe year, for our troops, for God to make His presence known and to draw us all closer to Him and each other. Whatever burdens we might have, that we’d share those with each other because they’re lighter to bear that way. I pray too for His blessings no matter the way they come, in disguise or out loud. And I pray that whether or not He comes this year, that we will be ready.
Have a wonderful and blessed New Year all! And a beautiful Day.