Christmas has come and gone, we’ve celebrated the birth of Jesus yet another year. It can’t be seen as anything but a miracle and huge outpouring of grace by God, so each year it is special to remember and celebrate again. But now that the celebration of the birth of Jesus has passed, and we’re almost out of 2013, what’s next? I thought it would be appropriate today to share Jesus’ words in Matthew 28:19-20:
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
What’s next is a new, fresh year of opportunities to make a difference in the lives of those you come into contact with. It’s a new chance to be a bigger, better you. It’s a chance to let God into your life to give you help and strength when you need it most. Finally, it’s a chance to share God’s love with others. Jesus didn’t come to earth just for you and me, He came for everyone. But in order for everyone to know we have to tell them.
If this scares you, don’t worry. By simply sharing love, kindness, generosity and good will with others, they’ll see and ask what’s different about you. It’s not about being walked on, that isn’t right. But it is about doing the right thing, helping those who are less fortunate than you and generally being a nice person. You’re not expected to be perfect, but you are encouraged to try to live a life that God would be proud of.
What will you make of this new year? Share your goals, dreams and plans in the comments.