January 1, 2019
“The words I have spoken to you–they are full of the Spirit and life.” (Jesus – John 6:63)
New beginings are all about new priorities. New ways of looking at things. New directions. New focus.
As each year begins anew, so many people look at their lives… identify their weaknesses and shortcomings… and seek for new solutions in the coming year.
We call them New Year’s resolutions…
For most folks, their “resolve” lasts about three weeks. Then it’s back to the same old person, with the same old issues, the same old problems – and another year of life stuck in that rut that becomes who we are throughout the year.
While there are a few people (very few!) who have iron wills and can will their way into a better (improved!) “you” – most of us just do not have what it takes to better ourselves (or, at least, make ourselves into a better version of what we have always been). Still we try… year after year… until we realize the futility of it all – and just settle in to that Popeye philosophy…
Caught somewhere between hopeless and helpless – we just deal with it… and make everyone around us deal with it as well.
But a vital truth remains… we know we should be better – and we are haunted by the fact that what we are is never what we could be.
What we all need is something from beyond ourselves. A power and ability that does not come from our own limited resources (and will).
We don’t often think about it, but Jesus came into this world not just to die for us… but to live for us. To show us what we all can be – and to tell us how we could all get there.
The Bible tells us…
God’s fullest expression of His Person – right here among us. Living our kind of life. Facing our kind of issues. Tempted just as we are – yet, always (without fail) victorious over everything that drags us back into the dust of our struggles.
Jesus came to lead us out of the “best” that humanity can do – into the best that He can do. And, amazingly, we are the focus of His attention… and affection.
Jesus came bringing us words directly from Heaven – “full of spirit and life…” to liberate us from everything that keeps us constantly shackled to our lesser selves.
If we will listen. If we will heed what He says. If we will trust Him at His words.
His promise is abundantly true… the “fullness of life” (Jn. 10:10) is found in the One Who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn. 14:6) – and the best thing that any of us can do is take the time to make Jesus, and His words, the centerpiece of our lives.
This year I will be spending the majority of my time studying, applying, and writing about Jesus’ words to us. These thoughts will be covered in my other site…
I invite you to come along with me… as we reflect on the words that are spirit and life!