Often, more important than what is coming is what we already possess.
Romans 11:29 – For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.
At this writing, we are but days away from a new year, 2021. However, this writing will be just as accurate in all the years we have remaining in this age. The vast majority of people will, in the near coming days, be thinking about resolutions for the new year, most of which will be failed by the end of the first month. Leaders in every arena of life, spirit, soul, body, domestic, professional, financial, and social will be considering plans and contingencies for the coming year. And most of those plans will be connected to what the coming year brings to the table.
Allow me to offer you a faith challenge today. Rather than considering what the coming year holds for you, step up in faith and consider what you hold for the coming year. So often we limit our thinking based upon what we see we tangibly possess at the current moment. But consider the widow of Zarephath to whom the prophet Elijah was sent by the Lord. She was focused on what appeared to be her limited possession for the moment, while the Lord wanted her to focus on what He could do with the same. You know the story. When, instead of seeing and end to what she had, she began to see the future of what she could sow, God did a miracle for her and her son.
Regardless of the events and occurrences of the year now ending, I urge you to hear the voice of the Lord to you in this writing. Rather, consider what God can do with what you have if you make if fully available to Him in the year (and your life) yet ahead. Never forget who you are in Christ. You are an heir of God, a joint heir with Christ. You are the head and not the tail; above only and not beneath. Time has been placed in your hands for the redeeming. What will you do with the time you possess? So many Christians live as though redemption is that for which they must beg, while accepting whatever comes as though it is in God’s timing. Turn that around, my friend. You are already redeemed from the curse of the law. You belong to the Lord. Time, on the other hand, has been given to you for your redeeming. Seasons will exist until time ceases. You know when to so and when to reap. Use that knowledge and redeem your time. Do you want a particular harvest? Then sow the appropriate seed in the appropriate season so you can reap an appropriate harvest in the appropriate season. Remember, the seed God gives you is for sowing. He gives bread for eating. So, while you’re eating bread, sow seed. It’s up to you.
Manna for Today – Romans 12:1-8; Galatians 3:13-20; Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:5; Luke 1:37; 1 Kings 17:8-16; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Deuteronomy 8:18; Philippians 4:19