The Lordship of Christ
The start of a new year is always a time for reflection and resolutions. We assess the progress (or regress) of our lives and commit ourselves anew to what is really important.
When you get down to the very basics of life, what is more important than the Lordship of Christ in our lives? Considering all He has done for us through His life, death and resurrection, we should willingly bow to His leadership.
But that very decision is one of the toughest challenges we face. Why does the decision to follow the Lord seem so difficult? Why wouldn't we want to say what He wants us to say, do what He wants us to do, go where He wants us to go?
May I suggest a couple of reasons (among many)? First, we don't actively remember what God has saved us out of. We tend to forget our condition before Christ (Eph. 2:1-8). Second, we underestimate the battle going on with the world, the flesh and Satan (I John 2:12-17). Third, we compromise our actions because we downplay the consequences of our sin. We have lost a healthy reverence of God (Hebrews 12:28). Finally, we sometimes avoid the mental and spiritual energy it takes to pursue a loving God who always loves us first. Only by abiding in Him can we really succeed in life (John 15:1-8).
May this new year be sanctified as the Lord's. Remember the words of the martyr, Jim Elliott. "He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep in order to gain that which he cannot lose."
Scripture: Micah 6:8 - He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Action Point: Take a few minutes of reflection (someplace quiet where you will not be disturbed) to thank God for all He means to you and commit yourself anew to His Lordship.
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