In church this Sunday, our congregation was drawn by the leadership into a time of prayer to turn our faces to the New Year with purpose and humility.
During the service, “enough” was the word of the hour for me. It was impressed on me, while I prayed, that there is already “enough” to accomplish the work God has set out for us as people, as a church, as the Church, and as people of the Kingdom sown into the world (Ephesians 2:8-10; Matthew 13:37).
It is easy at year’s end to reflect on how hard the year has been. All over Facebook, I see people writing how glad they are that 2018 is over, and that they have high hopes and determination to make 2019 a better year, or even the best year yet.
We focus on change when 2018, in fact, had enough and 2019 has the same enough that we needed yesterday and will need tomorrow.
When we focus on change we operate in complaint, dissatisfaction, and disbelief.
Consider this: What God plants is accomplished.
The seed has to die to sprout; it has to struggle to take root and simultaneously reach its shoot through the soil. The one who planted it might not be the one who waters it. It will mature over time, and it bears fruit at the right time. (John12:24; 1 Corinthians 3:6-7; Mark 11:12-25.)
The seed goes through death and pain and struggle over its course. It experiences phases of unseen dormancy but also times of radiant flourishing.
But it was not change the seed needed. It didn’t need anything to change to make one season good or another bad.
When God plants a seed, that seed has everything it needs within it to run the race the Lord has set for it.
It will accomplish bearing fruit because God has already written that into the seed.
The length of seasons. The course of the race. The construct of time, is what’s difficult.
He who has begun a good work in you will be faithful to carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
Jesus is the “Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world” (Revelation 3:18). Jesus’ offering for our sin preceded our need for it.
Faith is the principle of the seed– all that is needed is already there and governed over time by the One that wrote into that seed the work He created for it (Matthew 17:20).
Mountains will be moved by the principle of a seed.
Abraham had faith in the impossible– that a nation as innumerable as stars and as plentiful as sand would be birthed for him by a barren woman; and that this nomad would inherit not only a land promised to him but all the nations of the earth. (Hebrews 11:8-12; Romans 4:13; Galatians 4:21-31.)
He never saw any of it happen. He knew his son of promise; but the full expanse of God’s promises to him he never saw. He only saw Isaac– the seed.
Today we know that through Jesus and by the Holy Spirit that people of all nations have been adopted to Abraham as an inheritance. And we are still by faith watching the seed’s tendrils grow into the fullness of every promise made not just to Abraham but even back to Noah and to Adam.
We have faith like a mustard seed now; we will see the landscape of the earth reshaped in the fullness of time later (Isaiah 40-42).
May your New Year be filled with contentment, expectancy, and belief in the eternal nature of our God.
He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. There is no shadow of turning in Him. His word does not return void. He sends rain and snow and it doesn’t return to heaven until it makes the seeds bud and flourish for the farmer. (Hebrews 13:8; Isaiah 55:10; James 1:17.)
Maybe last year was bad. But don’t spend time trying to figure out how to make this one better, or make yourself better, or your kids better, or your income better.
I’m not gunna tell you to pray more, or focus on having more faith, or being more grateful.
I mean, I could, those are all good.
My recommendation is that you meditate on, study, and reframe every thought (take your thoughts captive) to this: God is eternal.
What God is doing in your life is eternal. It is outside of time. It’s not better or worse year to year. It is according to His eternal purposes (Psalm 57:2).
When He made you a new creation, He changed you once and for all and gave you enough.
He planted His word within you and abides in you by the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 13:23; John 15-17; 2 Corinthians 5:17.)
And this wasn’t for your own aggrandizement. It was so you would have what it takes to be living in a dying body for a life that is outside of time (Philippians 2:6; 2 Corinthians 4:16.)
You don’t need to make resolutions because God is the one who is resolved (Luke 9:51).
As a Christian, you are in Someone else’s agenda and on Someone else’s time.
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me. And the life I live now in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Live eternally this year. Full of hope in God’s “enough.”