Starting The New Year
This year started on a Sunday and I wonder how Christians have begun their new year. I wonder if they began by skipping church. I wonder if they began by neglecting their fellowship with God. I wonder if they began by neglecting prayer, the Bible, obeying God and serving others.
Many unbelievers think that they are living a Christian life. They think they can live a Christian life but they cannot. And many believers think that they cannot or need not live a Christian life. They can and they should. It would be a wonderful year if many unbelievers would learn that they are not living a Christian life and that only God can cause them to live one. It would be wonderful for believers to learn that same truth, that God can cause them to live a Christian life and wants to help them do it.
One of God*s great purposes for saving souls is so men will not have to go to the Lake of Fire and that they will go to Heaven. Another of His great purposes for saving them is to make their lives pleasing to Him. There are two things that men will hear from God at the end of their lives, enter thou into the joy of thy lord or depart from me.
Matthew 25:23: His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Matthew 7:21: Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
I wonder how many believers will hear enter thou into the joy of thy lord but will not hear Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things? I don*t want to be one of those. That phrase well done looks to past deeds. It is true that we are not saved by good works but if we are saved we can do them and we are supposed to do them. God wants to save us from committing sins in this life and save us to do good things, also in this life. Those are the present effects of salvation.
Are you saved? Did you do things last year that would earn God*s well done? Do you resolve to do things this year that will earn His well done?
Or are you one of those who will call Him Lord but He was NOT your Lord? You need to ask Him to become your Lord and begin obeying Him. Do it this year. Do it today. Do it right now.