Happy New Year?
Another exhausting, confusing, confounding, and depressing year has passed and we are ready for a new year…a better year.
The number of the year has changed…but have we?
To be more precise, have we changed in ways that will make this a better year?
Because if we have not been made better, then we will simply extend the pain with a new number.
For Christians, positive change is measured by the production of “fruit”.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22–23 ESV)
Have we allowed the Spirit to increase the production of theses fruits individually and corporately?
I don’t think so…what I keep hearing is that the current social conditions are too dire to allow the Spirit to reign…that perhaps when we have defeated the other, we can afford to be Christlike, but not before.
“Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19–21 ESV)
While I didn’t get invited to any orgies last year, (age and lack of opportunity are often sanctifying) I did engage in enough of the works of the flesh listed to raise questions about which kingdom I was working toward.
So…if i were inclined to make a New Years resolution…it would be to replace the works of the flesh with the fruit of the Spirit…no matter the cost.
Perhaps if enough of us did so, we would have a better shot at a Happy New Year…and inheriting the kingdom of God.
First, we have to choose which kingdom we want to inherit…
I’ll go first.
Make your own application…