In all actuality the question isn’t, “What will you do in the new year that you have never done before?” It is, “What will you do to build upon what you have already done?” Too often, “Resolutions” are nothing more than wishes and pipe dreams that are not based on any real foundation. A better method of action when determining what 2014 should look like is to assume that 2014 is a building block that you will set upon the foundation of 2013 in preparation for 2015.
Simply put, what are you doing in life, and how can 2014 be an accelerated addition to that set of goals and work?
Steps for Accelerated Addition:
1. Ask yourself what has driven you in 2013.
2. Ask yourself if what has been driving you is of eternal value.
3. Decide if 2014 should involve this pursuit.
4. Pursue this thing to the glory of God and not yourself.
Be willing to work harder to attain things that are more valuable than ever before. Set manageable schedules and attainable goals for the year. Understand that trying harder doesn’t mean you will achieve all your goals. Remember that even if you don’t achieve the final goal, the work that is done in the process is valuable if the goal was valuable.
So many people have been harping on how sad it is that A&E has suspended Phil Roberson from the show Duck Dynasty. Many of these individuals have claimed that, “A&E knows these guys are Christians, so why are they surprised that they make Christian Statements?”
Well, I have a question. Why are Christians surprised that the lost world acts lost?
I’m worried that we, as Christians, have begun to assume that we live in a Christian society, when in actuality we do not. This is a land that is white with harvest, and if there are unharvested among us, it is the responsibility of the believer to make disciples, not the responsibility of the lost person to find Jesus while watching a show about ducks…
Let’s take seriously the command of our Lord and Make Disciples.
I am a little frustrated by some of the things that I hear christians say in revolt to the cultural change that is continuing to take place in our society from “Merry Christmas” to “Happy Holidays.” I heard one angry “christian” berate the Wal-Mart greeter and besmirch the name of Jesus when she screamed at the top of her lungs, “Its Merry Christmas to me you Stupid Face.” (maybe she didn’t say Stupid Face, but I cant really remember.)
I cringe when I see such outlandish displays of Non-Christian activity perpetuated by those who claim to be the most vehement followers of our Lord. However, their fruit is what determines the kind of tree they are. (Matthew 12:33)
Remember, folks, we have to begin to engage the lost with the love that Jesus showed both in the manger, and on the cross. We have to be the beacon of hope, instead of trying to beat them into submission with our ridiculous notion of what it means to be in the Christmas spirit. Instead of the Christmas spirit, I’d like to see some Christians walk in the Spirit…
Tonight I will be teaching about the destructive power of sin in the live of every person, both those who have been saved by grace and those who are yet without the salvation that is provided by the Son Jesus Christ. I have been teaching the past 6 months or so about Love, and the way we share love with the lost by sharing the saving power of Jesus Christ, but to this point, I have not felt led to teach about what sin can do in the life of a person. Tonight, I have been given the freedom by the Holy Spirit to teach about what sin can do to corrupt the life of the believer, and what sin has already done in the life of those who do not yet believe. It is critical that the students here (and everywhere for that matter) begin to realize what sin has done, and will continue to do in their lives until it is plucked, cut off, or carved out of their lives.
Sin is the thing that makes our foundation unsure, it makes our pillars falter, and our roof leak. If we are going to build a house upon the foundation of Jesus Christ, it must be founded on his Holiness, and preserved by our devotion to the righteousness that he demands of his followers. If we hope to weather the storms of this life, then the pillars of our faith must be the Profits and Apostles who beacon us to return to service to the Father.
Pray for us as we attempt to engage the idea of sin, grace, mercy, love, and the consequence of our actions. Pray that we are led by the Holy Spirit, and that our lives are changed by our confession of sin.
*References that will be playing a role in tonight message are (Romans 6, and 1 Timothy 1:12-20)