“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children” (Ephesians 5:1, NKJV).
You can do an Internet search on New Year’s topics . . . “Points to ponder,” “Ten things to do in the new year,” “50 things to improve in the new year” . . . the possibilities are endless.
If you search those topics, you’ll find everything from advice of “self-help” gurus to sermon outlines from internationally known preachers.
But something you’ll notice about all of them is that they all focus on self. All of the points to ponder include the words “I,” “me,” “my,” “myself,” and the like.
What about Jesus?
What about God?
What about the Holy Spirit?
What about others?
How about this year, instead of trying to do better, be better, and improve ourselves, we simply ask God to work in our lives? We can’t do anything of our own power. Christ, who lived a fully human life, understands best of all that we can’t do anything without God’s gracious hand in our lives. “For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him . . .” (2 Corinthians 13:4, NIV).
So stop wondering if YOU can do more, if YOU are doing enough. Start the new year by reading God’s Word and asking for wisdom to understand it. Ask God to open your eyes and your heart. And most of all, really listen for His still, small voice.
The more you read, the more you will learn. The more you pray and listen, the more you will hear and know. The nature of Christ will become your nature; you will do exactly what God wants you to do and when He wants you to do it; you’ll give of your time and resources as He directs; you will affect others exactly how He wills. The nature of Christ will become your nature, replacing the old self-focused nature.
After all, the word “Christian” means “little Christ.” Don’t we all want to be imitators of the One who makes everything new? “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children” (Ephesians 5:1, NKJV).
“Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come” (Ephesians 1:15-21, NKJV).
May God bless you with wisdom and knowledge in 2015.
Prayer: Lord, please help me to change my focus in 2015. I want to be more like You, Lord, to be a true “little Christ” and imitate You in all I do. Please fill me with Your love, wisdom, and understanding. Thank you, in Jesus’ name, amen.