greet the New Year with hope and joyful expectation...standing on tiptoes. No matter the events of this past year, whether marvelous, pain-filled or a combination of everything in between, I invite you to walk with me on the pathway toward home, our glorious Kingdom home. Look up, do you see Jesus Lighting the Way? He is our Treasure. Jesus is our Inheritance. He beckons us to persevere on this life journey with His Word as our road map, His Spirit as our compass, and people, Christ followers, as our fellow sojourners.
Maybe you've traveled a detour. I've taken quite a few, so I can promise you, this word is true. Jesus hears you as you whisper, "Help me, Lord!"; He'll make known to you the course correction you need. (Jeremiah 33:2-3 "This is what the LORD says, He who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it - the LORD is His name: 'Call to Me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'")
Perhaps you've never known - a secure, loving home awaits you where a good Father has chosen you for adoption, and not just a Father, but a King - The King! It doesn't matter where you've been or how you've lived until now; today is the day you are able to receive your adoption into God's family as a joint heir with Christ! (2 Corinthians 6:1-2 As God's fellow workers we urge you not to receive God's grace in vain. For He says, "In the time of My favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation.)
Possibly you've stayed close to Jesus, a loyal, submissive child of God, which as you know is no guarantee of a consistently smooth road home. In this new year, you have the opportunity to take the hand of someone around you, and lovingly walk with them toward Jesus because you know Him, love Him and have the ability to share His love with those who don't!
Lord, Jesus, we declare You are Worthy of all our praise and devotion. You have no boundaries of space and time. For You there is no 'new year', no new chapters, rather a continuous story of love and victory! Show us where we are in Your story. Teach us to "fix our eyes on (You), the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the JOY set before (You) endured the cross, scorning it's shame and sat down at the right hand of the Throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)And Lord as we choose to walk toward You this new year, let us delight in reaching out to take the hand of another to walk along side; introducing them to You, sharing Your love, grace and mercy...all for Your Glory, Praise and Honor...to build Your Kingdom. Amen!