Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ushering in 2015

Normally on New Year's Eve (or day), I just post a graphic of fireworks and wish New Year's greetings.

This year, I'd rather do a bit of pondering. It's been a very troubling year in many ways. I don't need to run down the list of tragedies and disasters. The media will drive us all crazy with those before the weekend is over. But it's worth asking the question: "What will 2015 hold for us all?"

For those of us who trust in the Lord Jesus as our Savior, our eternal destiny is assured although we do not know for certain what lies ahead as long as we are "under this sun." Many of us will prosper, while many others of us will face significant challenges. Some of us may not see 2016. I do know this. No matter what happens, "He is our peace," as Ephesians 2:14 states. I continue to "work out my salvation with fear and trembling." The older I get, the more cognizant I am of time, and that I don't want to waste any more of it. The fallen world we live in is assured to try and waste as much of our time as it can in terms of distraction. Our earthly bodies and old nature will continue to be at war with our new nature in Christ, and that is a state that will continue until we go to be with Him, or until we are changed at His return. I long for that more and more with each passing day.

For those who do not know the Lord as Savior, let this be your year. Let this be your night. You are not guaranteed another year, or even tomorrow. How many will be killed tonight on the highway on their way home drunk from New Year's celebrations? Not to be a New Year's Eve killjoy, but I'd rather people come out of it alive and well.

When all is said and done, Jesus is all that matters. He is our life. He is our peace. In Him we live, move, and have our being. We exist to serve Him, and to be His ambassadors. We are sent to offer the same Bread of Life, the same Living Water we have been so richly given. In Him all can have forgiveness of sin and life eternal. In Him—we can at last find hope and a meaning for our lives that makes sense beyond anything else. Only one life, twill soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last.

So, think about it. Enjoy a happy and safe New Year's. And make this the year you come to know Him as your Lord and Savior. You'll have the rest of eternity for thanksgiving and rejoicing. Without a hangover.

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