Welcome to a New Year

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Do you ever wish there was a “reset” button on life?

At some point, we’ve probably all wanted a “do-over” of some sort. Yet, the truth is even if we recieved one we know it would only be a matter of time before we messed it up again.

It’s easy for us to deceive ourselves into thinking that if I we just had one more chance, we could get this right. However, the reality is you won’t — neither will I.

This is what makes God’s grace such radically Good News! It is not about getting a “do-over” because that is not what we need. What we need is for someone to get it right for us.

I can remember studying for exams in school and thinking, “I just wish someone else, who knew what they were doing, could take this exam for me.”

This is what Jesus has done. He’s lived the life we could not live — but wish we could. He took the exam for us and passed with a 100%!

As we welcome a New Year, it’s easy for us to fool ourselves into thinking if we just tweak this or stop doing that, we will have a better year. If I may be so bold, that’s not your real issue, and a New Year’s resolution won’t be your savior.

What we all need is to be transformed. All of our struggles come from the fact that we have been duped into thinking we can get it right if we just try a little harder. But how has that worked out so far?

I’m not talking about whether you’ve made a lot of money, have a big house, or drive a nice car. I’m talking about the real you — the person you know you are on the inside. Money and possessions cannot transform the true you.

When you lay your head on the pillow at night; when all is quiet, and you are alone with your thoughts — are you at peace?

This is where we need real transformation — at our spirit and soul level. Material things can never reach this deep.

What does reach this depth?

Actually, it’s not a “what,” but a “Who” — only the One who created us can change us at the spirit level. The Bible says God will make His Spirit one with our spirit, and it is at this level where we will experience true change — more than change, transformation.

This is what grace is about — God transforming us at our very core. A New Year’s resolution will never accomplish what we really need, unless that resolution is to abandon your self-salvation project and simply allow God to do what only He can do.

How is that possible?

Rather than give you an answer, I want to encourage you to do something that may seem weird, but I believe will provide your answer. Simply ask God to reveal to you what you need to understand to be transformed. Ask Him like you would ask me this question if we were sitting together at a table sharing lunch.

…then just listen.

 

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