The first week of a brand new year is already behind us! The resolutions we made on New Year’s Day may still be in place, or we may have already abandoned our well-intentioned commitments.
One thing 2020 taught me is just how little control I have over situations and circumstances. I have no power over the decisions others make that impact my life. I do, however, have complete control over the decisions I make in response to what happens in my life.
LIVE IN COMPLETE DEVOTION
Joshua challenged the people of Israel to live in complete devotion to God regardless of what their future held. In Joshua 24:15 he boldly declared his own intention by saying, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
You, alone, determine how you will respond to whatever circumstance life brings. You, alone, decide whether or not you will serve Christ with your life.
James 4:13-14 reminds us of just how fragile and delicate our lives are. James wrote, “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”
Juan Cadena, leader of the Life Group Phyllis and I participate in, shared how true these words are to him after the painful experience of losing his father to Covid in 2020. Juan described how he watched as his father, a rugged and active man, lost his physical strength in a matter of days to the virus that ultimately took his life.
He shared this poignant experience to challenge us to live each day completely committed to Jesus.
This afternoon I participated in a discipleship group through a “Zoom meeting.” Our time together ended with the prayer, “Lord, please make us into different people as we study the Bible together, and may we clearly see that difference one year from today.”
This is my prayer over the family of Christ-followers known as Alsbury Baptist Church. May Jesus transform us into the people he intends, and may we clearly see evidence of that transformation one year from today.