I can think of few greater disappointments than to live the next year exactly as we have lived this one. To think of living next year as a year of maintaining the status quo, or worse yet to live it in a way that would see us move backwards in our spiritual lives, is a tragedy of profound proportions. Following Christ is not a call to a level of comfort or to a relaxed plateau. We are called to excellence in all areas of our lives and that will simply not be possible unless we are truly living a life in endless pursuit of Jesus.
If last year was a breakthrough year for you spiritually, that’s tremendous, and you should use it as a spring board to do bigger and better things for God this year. If last year was a veritable disaster, be encouraged, because a new year brings new opportunities. The past is over and done. Start with a clean slate, determined to make this year the best of your life as you seek to live a life of justice, faithfulness and humility before our Savior. If you fall somewhere in the middle of these two extremes, don’t let that happen again in the upcoming year. Cast off your mediocrity and determine that you will excel in everything you do this year. Commit your heart anew to living as Jesus lived, walking in His footsteps and demonstrating love to everyone you encounter.
Over the next couple of posts we will dig into some specifics of how to ensure that this year will be a year defined by great accomplishments in your spiritual life. It is our duty and responsibility as followers of Jesus that we do the good works that He intends for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). These good works are to act justly, without prejudice, to every soul we happen to meet throughout the year. These works are to not only act justly to everyone but to also respond to their needs in love. Sometimes this may cost you a few dollars, but more often it will simply cost you a few minutes. Doing these things allows us to walk faithfully before our Lord. Finally, remember to demonstrate great humility in everything you do and say. Christ is greater than all, and He loves all people equally. We have nothing to boast about, we are nothing without Christ.
Prepare now to have an amazing 2010. Begin praying, asking that God would show you the areas of your life that need improvement. Resolve that you will do whatever it takes to excel in the good works He has planned for you to do. Whatever your circumstances, you can choose to follow God in faithfulness, to live in humility and justice, and ultimately to love everyone with whom you come into contact. The upcoming year can be your best yet if you simply yield all that you have and all that you are to the Creator of the universe, the Lover of your soul.