BEFORE ANOTHER YEAR BEGINS!!
“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (Jer. 8.20)
We are almost on the threshold of another year! The hopeful seasons of the year 2017 have come and gone. May be you are in the prime of your youth or your adulthood is going or you are in the sunset of your years. Like all the previous years, this year also will be followed by another year, God willing.
It may be in our best interest to conduct a spiritual audit, before another year begins. A spiritual audit is more than a statement of condition. It’s an indication of our spiritual potential, but at the same time also a check on the level we have come to.
As we come to the close of the year, do we have to say, ‘our summer and our harvest is past’, but we are not where we are supposed to be, in our spiritual life.
Now how do we gauge our piety or spirituality?
I believe the best question to ask is, ‘What do you think of Christ? (Matt. 22.42). If we are able to say, ‘He is my everything, the best of my friends, the closest of all to me, my only hope, the richest treasure that I possess and the only Lord who rules my life’, then it’s wonderful. This means we are holding Him in high esteem and we possess a robust spiritual health. If this is who you are, even if you have a thousand infirmities, you are safe in the arms of Jesus to enter in to the new year. If your daily priority is on, ‘how to find Him and live for Him’, then, even if you have wounds and you are bleeding profusely, you will find healing in His wings. For its not material poverty or ill-health or afflictions that would impoverish you but being away from the plan of God and His Christ.
On the other side, if you have thought little about Christ, if you have been content to live without His presence, if you have cared only little for His honor, if you have neglected His Word, personal/corporate times of prayer and worship, THEN YOUR SOUL IS SICK.
This means, affliction and prosperity both have failed to impress you, sickness and healing have not changed you. This means, tears and prayers and sermons have been wasted on your barren heart. If every means has failed with you, (even the best means that He tried to make use of), what more can be done for you? If the convenient time has not come yet, why or when should it come ever?
WHAT SHALL WE DO THEN?
May God grant that we may not continue in the spiritual stupor, but will be wise, wise on time, consecrating these last days/hours of the year to thoughts on Him! May there be a complete re-orientation of our lives and a re-creation of our hearts!
Let’s pray with the psalmist, ‘Create in me a clean heart o God, and renew a right spirit within me‘.