Ever notice how you feel when you get something new—a new blouse, a new car, a new pair of shoes, a new golf club? There’s something exciting. This new thing—whatever it is—holds promise that things will be better.
A new year is similar. It holds out the promise that things will be better. Paul the Apostle puts it, “Forgetting what lies behind …” --Phil. 3: 13 Through the amazing grace of Jesus Christ, we CAN forget what lies behind—sins, failures, disappointments, frustrations, good things left undone, selfish moments, hurtful words we have spoken. “If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” --I John 1: 9 They are gone and forgotten as far as God is concerned. Let us claim his wonderful forgiveness and move on.
“I press on …” Paul says. He’s moving boldly into the future to dare and to do for God. He’s going to be the best disciple of Jesus Christ that he can. And this should be our desire too. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Paul says. This faith-filled attitude empowers us. “Through Christ …” means ‘THOUGH THE POWER OF CHRIST.” A contemporary Christian song says, “The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in me …”
If you will dare to do great things for Christ, he will come along side and give you the power. We tend to be timid, fearful, reluctant people. “With people it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Will you launch out boldly in 2019? Don’t just set goals. Set BHAGs--BIG, HAIRY, AUDACIOUS GOALS. God will help you accomplish them—for his glory.
What might some of these spiritual BHAGS be?
· Moves closer to God every day
· Read and apply God’s Word every day
· Be reconciled to others, making amends where needed
· Keeping a prayer journal and praying for self, others, our nation, the world
Why not make those your BHAGs!
Trusting God in 2019, I am sincerely yours,
Pastor Ken Shick