Monday, 6 January 2014

A Vision for a New Year

34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.  Matthew 6:34 The Message

It is true that we are not to worry about tomorrow for it will do no good.  It is also true that it is foolish to make plans for the future.  The Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21) suggests that God is not too impressed with the plans we make, particularly if our plans disregard His plans for our life.

Yet I don’t think God wants us to just sit on our hands, hoping something will come along.

It seems to me that having a vision for the year might be a good place to start.  A vision that starts with a prayer asking God to enable you to use the gifting and talents that He has given you, to in some way put them to use to serve the Kingdom.

The vision should be different than the meaningless resolutions that many of us make at the start of a New Year but rather a set of goals that would draw you closer to God by year end.  A good place to start might be the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:37-40).We are called to love God with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind.  With this as a vision you need only ask yourself, as you are about to make a decision, does what I’m about to do demonstrate a love for God.  If it doesn’t fit with your vision, don’t do it. 

In the same verses we are called to love our neighbor as much as we love ourselves.  If that is you vision you need only ask yourself at the end of each day, did I demonstrate the love of God to at least one person today?  IF you are married that neighbor includes your spouse.

The vision might be how you handle your finances.  If your vision is to handle them in accordance with Scripture then learn what Scripture has to say about money and again ask yourself at the end of each day, “did I handle my finances in accord with God’s Word?”

God's vision for your life?
Perhaps you have an addiction of some sort.  A vision might be to have victory over your addiction by the end of the year.  (Don’t wait until November to start).  You will only have victory with the help of the Holy Spirit.

A broader vision might be to adopt 1Corinthians 10:31 “…whatever you do, do it for the glory of God.”  Again at the end of each day ask yourself whether or not everything you did glorified God.

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