Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy New Year to everyone!

The Arrival of the New Year is universally seen as a time for optimism. There is a hope that a new year will bring positive experiences and good fortune that crosses cultures. The Christian’s attitude towards the New Year is similar but should engender wisdom, optimism, and renewed focus on purpose.

Ephesians 5:15-17 states: See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (NKJV)

As believers we look to a new year with hope as we pray for opportunities to redeem our time by sharing the Gospel. This is the will of God and our calling by Christ. We must use wisdom in acknowledging the days are evil. Our society is not morally improving. Many at the turn of 2012 may have been optimistic during New Year’s Eve, but must face the continuation of last year’s bad legacies on January 2nd.  Yet it is the Christian’s duty, though he/she may be in the same situation, to reflect the true hope and optimism that comes from having eternal security and a relationship with a Savior who cares and will walk with us from now through His return.

These days there is much discussion about the fraying of the social safety net, retirement plans, or for a select few even golden parachutes all concerning future security. We have Jesus Christ who has secured a glorious future for us through His sacrifice on the Cross. He has promised to never leave or forsake us, now and forever. That is truly good news and real hope for a Happy New Year.

Stay Prayed Up,
Rev. Rodrick K. Burton

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