Christmas is over for yet another year. The trees and decorations are coming down. The presents have been put away and Happy New Year! In just a few days we begin a brand new year! Where has this past year gone? It seems like just yesterday we began 2017 & now we are knocking on the door of 2018! Soon 2017 will also be a distant memory. Did we accomplish anything this past year? Sure we did. Some things we got done, some things we never attempted that we said we would, and some things were started and have been put off for another day. But, for the most part here we are another year later and a little older, maybe, just maybe even a little wiser…
The past is the past. Yesterday we cannot retrieve. You cannot go backwards but yes, we can look at the past and reflect. We can even learn from our past and we can grow from what we have learned which is important. Truthfully though we cannot live in the past but we can live today and for the future. The question I would pose to you would be: “What are you doing with today that will affect your future?” How are we preparing ourselves for tomorrow?
I am reminded of the life the Apostle Paul lived. Paul was a man growing up in the ways of his lineage. He was a student of all the things he needed to know of the Law in its entirety. There was no one like Paul. He was an educated man and yet a man who did not know Jesus Christ until he was blinded by Christ on the Damascus Road. It was from this point on that Paul’s entire life changed! His life changed in a way that caused him to pursue Christ the rest of his life with every essence of his being. His words, “I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:10-11 It was his ambition to be exactly like Jesus Christ in every way imaginable. Paul desired to live in such a manner to know Jesus and to draw everyone to Jesus. He wasn’t satisfied that he had met with Christ, that wasn’t enough he wanted everyone to experience the same opportunity. And so, Paul prepared himself to meet Jesus when this life was over for him and he helped to prepare others to meet Jesus.
2017 is all but behind you and me. We cannot relive the past but, we can live for today and tomorrow. Would it be that this year each of us plan to grow closer to Jesus and we are willing to lead others to Him!
In Him, Your Pastor,