Jesus; first & last
Have you made or broken any New Year Resolutions yet?
Have you hit the gym and the diet yet? Or quit already?
The end of year and/or the start of the year holds so many ups and downs of good faith commitments, goal setting, and optimistic claims for this year being a better one than last.
I am totally into that. Why wouldn’t you want to make this year better than last?
God wants that for us, because he has set seasons in place and blessed the planet with constant renewal processes for everything from plants, to animals, to humans. We keep multiplying.
God wants you to have a fruitful year, a year where you increase, that means to have more than before, (I can feel a hashtag coming on #morethanbefore), and a year where you advance into so many good and varied things.
However, there are different metrics that we often use incorrectly to apply whether or not we have ‘grown’ or ‘succeeded’, and this can lead to a lot of shame, discouragement, and unnecessary feelings of failure even before January has ended. Usually those metrics are cultural and self-imposed from wrong expectations of ourselves.
Or, we can go the other direction and get a head start; do well with our goals on health, money, work, and relationships then use that to measure ourselves as better than last year (and everyone around us) and instead of shame, we fall into pride and self-absorption.
There are so many healthy and good things to pursue and goals are worth setting for sure, but I think they ought to be set inside a larger, healthier goal. And it is a simple one, that may have been done before but I like to take seriously at the beginning and end of the year.
It is a question that revolves around a name that Jesus gave himself 3 times in the book of Revelation.
He called himself The First and the Last.
So the goal, and the pursuit of this new year at its beginning ought to be Jesus, First and Last. First and Last should be obvious but in case it isn’t, it means; Everything!
Will you let him be First at the beginning of your year and pursue him to reveal himself to you throughout this year?
So you are not really aiming at random goals that may or may not be fulfilled, but that you would be fulfilled in being connected to him? And in that connection he will empower you to be fruitful in the purposes he has for you in partnership with Him.
It won’t get any more fulfilling and fruitful than that.
“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him.” Col.1:9
“…And in Christ you have been brought to fullness.” Col.2:10
“From His fullness we have all received grace upon grace” Jn.:16
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