Looking Ahead

Dear friends,
It’s the last day of 2012! Instead of looking back, I’d like to direct your attention to some Biblical perspective on the New Year.

For a devotional thought this week, let’s remember that no matter what happened in 2012, or what the new year will bring, God is still on His throne. Let us not live in the past, because it cannot be changed. Let us have the attitude of the apostle Paul: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14).

For, as Peter writes in his first letter, God has “given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…and into an inheritance…kept in heaven for us…and we rejoice even in trials because we are receiving the goal of our faith, the salvation of our souls” (1 Peter 1:3-9).

In the words of a song from the past, “Yesterday’s gone, and tomorrow may never be mine…”, but I know this: If tomorrow never comes, what matters most is “what have I done with Jesus?

One more thought from scripture that would apply here, from Ephesians 5:15-17: “Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” (hint: Read John 6:40).

May you have a Blessed and Happy New Year,
Pastor Jerry

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