STEPPING INTO THE NEW YEAR WITH PURPOSE
We have reached the end of another year. This will be the occasion of a lot of parties as people say goodbye to 2017 and welcome in 2018.
Parties are a good thing. Jesus attended them Himself. Developing rich relationships through celebrating and laughing together is a healthy, Biblical practice.
Unfortunately for many, celebrating will amount to little more than an escape from routine. They will cheer the moving of the secondhand that marks the end of one year and the start of the next, just because that is what we do at this time of year.
As Christians we see a deeper meaning in this year end milestone. It reminds us that all of history is in God’s hands, and His timetable for planet earth is unfolding apace. The major turning point of history was reached when Jesus conquered sin on the cross; so, the tide of history has now turned. Nothing can stop Jesus Christ from ushering in the triumphant, concluding chapter of our world’s story.
That means that we can welcome in the new year with hope. Our lives are meaningful. Our hours and days are important.
Because of this, we should use our days on earth wisely. We are to work and witness; love and learn; reconcile and rejoice all with a view to pleasing our Lord and Saviour whom we will see sooner than any of us realize.
Let’s “fix our eyes on Jesus” and go into the new year with joy and purpose. –Pastor Tom
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