Happy New Year! Praise the Lord for another year of serving him and growing in our knowledge of his glorious grace and kindness to us. In light of the New Year, I want each of you to assess your spiritual growth over the last year. How has the Lord changed you? What have your learned? What were some setbacks or challenges you faced? How did you get through them and what did you learn from them?
The reason this is a good time to ask these questions is because it is the time of year for you to be thinking about an even more important question. What are you going to do different this year? One of the reasons why Hannah and I try and get away for a few weeks every year is to ask these questions and examine our relationship together and our relationship with Jesus. I would encourage you do the same as we all start the New Year together. Make a resolution to do things differently this year or maybe keep up a habit that you started last year. Maybe it’s reading and studying your Bible more or being more intentional in serving your spouse. Maybe for you it’s doing nightly devotions with your family or being more constant in daily prayer.
Let us commit to running after Jesus this year with more enthusiasm. That you would cut out more of your time to growing in the riches of the knowledge of Christ by reading God’s word and praying. May God bless us with even more of his grace in 2016!
See my 2016 New Years sermon here.