The beginning of a new year is a time of reflection and of resolution. One reflects back over the past year and that can often be bittersweet with many blessings and sometimes losses and challenges. As people of God we can look to the new year with optimism because we know who holds the future, and we know His purposes will be carried out. Even though at times we see many opposed to Him, He remains unmoved and joyfully carrying out His plans.
The passage of Romans 12:1-2 deals with the subject of change. The title of the next two messages is How People Change. The gospel is all about change. But how is it we experience change? It is a part of humanity that we know we need change. Reality television programs often document changes, like extreme weight loss, extreme make-over, etc. What is it that captivates people about those shows? Fallen people who don‚Äôt know the gospel still know they need to change. They know they need something to happen. As Christians, we should be looking at a new year with a sense of reflection and asking some different questions: How is our family doing? How am I doing? Am I growing in grace? Am I becoming more like Jesus? Because that‚Äôs God plan for us is change, every day, to become to become more and more like Jesus.