The new year is upon us and a time to renew our spirits after the Christmas season and reflect on what God is calling us to this New Year! Revelations 21:5 reads, “And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new…” Christ is working to make all things new but our service here among man is a calling he makes to us. How will you help your neighbors this New Year? We must remember that we are “new creations”, 2 Corinthians 5:17 shares “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” If we have become a new creation then we will bear fruit. Ephesians 4:22-24 explains our new creation this way, “to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”
God shares in scripture how serving him is a part of his plan. In Jeremiah 29:11 the scripture reads “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” and in Isaiah 40:31, “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
As we prepare for the coming New Year 2017, stop and listen to the call from Christ in your life. Stop and pray for God’s guidance in your life. Then go and faithfully serve him.
Closing Verse: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ…” 1Peter 1:3.
Challenge: As you close out the Christmas season and reflect upon God’s calling and plan for you. Focus on where God want you to serve him in 2017.