From the Pulpit to the Pew: January 2020/A New Year, A New You
Author and scholar F.B. Meyer once said in the publication, Our Daily Walk, “It is a mistake to be always turning back to recover the past. The law for Christian living is not backward, but forward; not for experiences that lie behind, but for doing the will of God, which is always ahead and beckoning us to follow. Leave the things that are behind, and reach forward to those that are before, for on each new height to which we attain, there are the appropriate joys that befit the new experience. Don’t fret because life’s joys are fled. There are more in front. Look up; press forward, the best is yet to be.”
The Apostle Paul wrote nearly 2,000 years ago in Philippians 3: 13-14 a similar message, “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing [I do], forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” The month of January sits prominently at the beginning of the year looking both forward and backwards. Paul’s message in these verses provides great wisdom as we consider the possibilities of a new year. Let me share a couple of observations as we consider 2020:
- First, don’t over inflate your value! “I do not count myself to have apprehended.” What we are truly worth is based on our standing and our relationship in Christ.
- Secondly, “forgetting those things which are behind.” Your past is behind you! Don’t dwell on it, learn and benefit from it! And be willing to teach others what you learn.
- Thirdly, “reach forward to those things which are ahead.” Each new day brings fresh opportunities to share the love of Christ with others. Seize them and make them count for the Kingdom of God. By doing this you’ll leave a legacy of inspiration and a footprint of faithfulness unto the Lord.
- Lastly, “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Don’t ever, ever give up! Your investment in life is safe, incorruptible and eternal.
My prayer for you in 2020 is to be the best version of yourself you can be for the cause of Christ. The best is yet to come!