1 Peter 1:3-7 (NIV)
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.“
Well it is that time of year once again…
We are just past Christmas and the new year is coming up. For some, this marks the time when we make “resolutions” for many things in our lives.
Usually, these new resolves are centered around things we would like to improve about ourselves or the situations we live with.
As Christians, one of the pledges we should be making is to live a more Christ-centered life. After all, our salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ is, or should be, the primary goal of our lives on this earth. It is our hope, born from our faith in the promises of God.
This reward of heaven is most precious, more valuable than any earthly possession. One reason for its worth is that it is incorruptible, it can never “perish, spoil or fade” as our text above tells us in (V.4). The same cannot be said for any worldly possession we have, no matter what it might be.
In fact, this world in its present form is passing away more so with each day. We are told this in (1 Corinthians 7:31). Therefore, regardless of what happiness or satisfaction we may find in earthly gain, it will not last forever.
No, there is nothing wrong in aspiring to a new job, or home. We can seek the security of better money management, and so on. There is only a problem when we let these become our top priorities in life. We cannot let them take the place of striving for that heavenly goal, which was paid for by the blood of Christ and guaranteed by God Himself!
So the message is very simple today. As we assess our personal situations and make new goals for the coming year, do so with the Lord first and foremost in mind. Consider what we can do to make us a better person in Christ. Let us ask ourselves if we can make a difference for the Lord in another person’s life.
May we show the Father more appreciation for the gifts He gives us daily. Increase our prayer life, our bible study time, our love towards all people. Let us learn to apply more humility in our dealings with others, whether they deserve it or not. Allow the Lord’s will to rule our will and His love to increase within us.
Carry the hope and message of the resurrection with us at all times. Look for occasions to share the gospel of the cross with others. May we be bold enough to stand up for our beliefs, because much love was shown to us by our Lord in order to make eternal life possible.
Let me close by wishing everyone a very happy new year, and may we all consider how rich we are as members in the body of Jesus Christ!
Refs: ~Google~ biblegateway.com~ “The Holy Bible, NKJV, Thomas Nelson, copyright 1984”