Monday, January 2, 2012

Ringing In the New Year

Happy New Year, everyone!  Some of you have already boxed your Christmas decorations but I encourage you to keep a piece of Christmas in your heart all year long.  In Luke 2:10-11, the angel proclaimed to the Shepherds,

“Do not be afraid; for behold,

I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people;

for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior,

who is Christ the Lord.”

On a day-to-day basis throughout the New Year, will you choose to find great joy in your salvation?  Contemplate what your salvation means to you and dig through the Scriptures to find the truths that surround this mystery.  Christ died to take the punishment for your sins, to redeem your relationship with the Father and to ensure that His followers spend eternity with Him.  As children of God, we never have to walk our path unsure and alone.  Jesus is our Confidence, our Strength, our Redeemer, our Friend, and our unending Source of joy.  Indeed, good news of great joy came to all the people on Christ’s birth. 

When we continuously reflect on the glory of our salvation, it will affect every moment of our lives throughout 2012 and beyond.  Reach for something more than a happy New Year, and grab hold of your joy-filled future!