Watering the Tulips
December 26, 2012
“And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” – Joshua 24:15
Only you know how well you served the Lord in 2012. It may have been the year of your greatest spiritual growth. Then again, you may not be nearly as close to the Lord today as you were at this time last year. Did you make the most of 2012? Or, did you waste it? Again, only you know the answer to that question for sure. Those around you may see the effects of your relationship (or lack thereof) to the Lord. But, you alone realize just how far you have moved in this direction or that.
The New Year is upon us and many people will soon be making New Year’s resolutions. If the pattern holds true, most of these will be quite materialistic. Some will set their mind to lose weight. Others will focus on more exercise. Still others will resolve to finish some project that they have started, but laid aside. Most of these resolutions will be forgotten before Valentines Day rolls around.
What of the Lord in all of this? The proper pattern for a child of God should be one of spiritual growth day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. At this point, there is nothing you can do to change your spiritual growth last year. If you grew more than ever, praises be to Him where “every good gift and every perfect gift” comes from (James 1:17). However, you cannot now sit back and enjoy the progress you have made. No, your spiritual journey must continue on.
Perhaps you are one of those who knows that your relationship with Jesus crumbled a bit last year. The likelihood is great that some reader made some spiritual mistakes last year and realizes it today. Yesterday is gone. It cannot be changed. However, if God has given you breath, you have the opportunity to look forward, and correct your mistakes.
The apostle Paul was a man. He made errors. However, his attitude was, “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14).
Child of God, make up your mind today that you will grow in 2013. Find a way to read the Bible through this year. Get in one of the Lord’s churches and serve Him mightily. Be an active part of the church and it’s activities. Pray. Live. Run!
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