As we contemplate the new year ahead and re-set our priorities; where do we go from here? Let’s reflect for a moment on our objective which is becoming more like Jesus (Romans 8:29). We have already agreed on the fact that we cannot fail because “all things” coming into our life will make us more like God’s Son as we commit ourselves to Him. That is to say that our failures, disappointments and even our success cannot keep God from performing a miracle in our life – if we belong to Him.
With this in mind, I have a suggestion to make. Let’s search our hearts and ask ourselves what we most want to become in 2017? We must assume that God is directing our desires, circumstances, and our opportunities. We do not need to over-think or spiritualize everything. I’m afraid that is something I am often guilty of doing. We do not need to go into our past and ask “What if?” Unless we can use it to make us better in the days ahead, it is not a useful exercise to dwell on our failures. Instead, we should thank God and move ahead in faith by believing that He is working everything out in our favor despite our possible perceptions to the contrary. Lighten up! God is in control and we cannot fail! So point number one is: Forget the past!
Point number two is: Look Forward to the Future! Yes, the world is getting worse and spinning out of control, but for those who put their trust in God, the best is yet to come! This is an act of faith and is why faith is such an important component of the believer’s life. Without FAITH it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). I challenge you to make this coming year a period in which you dedicate yourself to enlarging your faith – not in size but in terms of what we apply it toward. Does your faith apply to every aspect of your life or just certain areas and not others? Let faith permeate and invade all that you are, do and think. You must discipline yourself to ask not “What can I do?”, but “What can God do through me?” There is no limit except to the extent that we exclude Him from the process. Paul reminds us that we, “Can do all things through Christ who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13).
Third and lastly, Sell out to accomplish that which brings honor to God through your life. This is a very subjective requirement and will differ for each one of us. Ask yourself, “What does God expect of me?” and pursue those goals with everything you have to give. Write it down, memorize it. Meditate on it continually. Make it part of your DNA. Remember we reap according to what we sow in life. “For whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). You will find that if you are in tune with God’s Spirit, that which pleases Him, will also be that which most pleases you.- there is no difference! You will have the mind of Christ.
So let me summarize: 1.Forget the past! 2. Look Forward to the Future! 3. Sell out!
Now I did not come up with this on my own. I borrowed it from Paul. He (aside from Christ) is one of the very best examples we can look to for principles by which to live our life. So as we consider “What would Christ have me do?” We can ask God to teach us through this great apostle as well.