Focusing on all things new
We are starting a new year. We are only three weeks into 2020. As is the custom of many of the New Year's resolutions have been made and maybe even broken by now. I think it is normal for most of us to want to change our bad habits and to create good new habits. I am sure most genuinely intend to keep these resolutions.
I believe we all desire to get healthy and to get our body back into shape. But sometimes, we spend so much time on the physical we neglect the spiritual. In 1 Timothy 4:6-11 it says " If you instruct the brethren in these things, you will be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and of the good doctrine which you have carefully followed. But reject profane and old wives' fables and exercise yourself toward godliness. For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe. These things command and teach." (New King James Version)
So if one of your resolutions is to get into shape, don't forget to take care of your spirit as well as your body.
As we look forward into this New Year, we might think of many new ways to make 2020 more successful and prosperous than 2019 was. Maybe we say we will move into a new marketplace, invest and make a profit. We say we have everything figured out to increase our net worth. In James 4:13-15, it says "Come now, you who say, Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit, whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, if the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." (NKJV)
We need to remember God is in control, not us.
Every year we get excited to get a new start. We see the new year as a chance to start over. Well, we as Christians we get a new start every day. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, it says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."
As we move into the new year, we as Christians should share our newfound life and joy with the world. Share all of God's promises with the world; show them how easy it is to become a new creation in this new year.
Carl Adkins is the lay minister at New Life Bible Chapel. He can be reached at 541-447-6543.
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