Whew! 2020 is over! At least it seems everyone is looking forward to a new year starting, believing that it will be better than the last. My fear is that it will not take long before people realize that very little has changed overnight on New Year’s Eve. I believe that 2021 can be a great year; I also believe that we need to have a change of heart, mind, and spirit.
Humanity often is more concerned about itself (as an individual) more than it is with others. It is a part of our condition as fallen or broken people. Yet, each new year we make resolutions to be better than we were before. Often these resolutions are made relying upon our own will, strength and ability. However, what would happen if we placed our resolutions in the hands of God? What might our resolutions look like then? How would they be altered? Would they look anything at all like our own desires coming to fruition?
That is a lot of questions. I admit, I often ask too many questions. This year, my desire is to daily refocus my thoughts and energy on God’s will for my life. Let God make whatever changes need to be made. As a follower of Jesus I have always believed this to be what God desires, but I will be the first to admit that my inner turmoils often overwhelm my devotion to God. I need to daily be reminded to whom I belong, from what I have been saved, and where I am going. God does this in my time of devotion, prayer, and worship.
In 2021, I invite each of you on a journey. Let us walk a year with prayer as our first act of the day. Let us put every decision on the altar of God, for God’s input. Let us use our energy and strength to carry out God’s will in this world. I believe if the people called by Jesus’ name devote themselves wholly to Jesus, we will see a very different 2021 than we did in 2020. Face-to-face evangelism may very well be individualized in zoom, facetime, tiktoks, snaps, and other media venues. Service to the poor, needy, lonely, and lost may very well be 6 feet apart at door steps, porches, and yards. Comfort may very well be found in personalized hand written/made cards and notes.
God has not given us a spirit of timidity or one of inflexibility. God reminds us in the life of Paul that a life of devotion to God will change us. That change will be made in both dramatic and gradual ways. God will not leave us in 2020, but God will call us to a very different 2021 if we but follow God’s leading, utilizing every means in every way we can for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
God bless you all, and may we discover God’s amazing power at work in 2021!