As we walk into a new year, I am focused on modeling a hope and confidence in God which is contagious and inspiring to those around me. How about you? Do you want to inspire others this year? Consider what your attitude and disposition says about your faith…
27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
5 Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
8 Your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Okay, I confess… Part of my desire comes from spending time with Nelly. You know her. Or him. It’s that person who sees the world as glass-half-empty even though that person is a son or daughter of the King who owns the cattle on a thousand hills. Negative Nelly wants you to believe that the world is stacked against you and there is no point in living in joy and hope and faith.
Or at least that’s what their behaviour tells you. If you ask them, they might say all the right things. They are schooled in the right answers, yet their sour puss deceives them. Their actions and words don’t match their faith.
And that’s the critical issue. When we have a relationship with God through Jesus, we are transformed. The old has gone and the new has come. We move from having no hope to having a living hope. We move from facing the world alone to walking with Jesus, who overcame the world (John 16:33). The emptiness of life without God is replaced with a fullness of the indwelling of God within us in the Holy Spirit.
So, why the sour puss? No matter what we face, we can cast our cares and anxiety upon the God who loves us. No matter what we need, our Father knows about it before we ask him. So Christian, how will this impact your 2017? How will you correct your thinking to embrace and reflect your reality? Will you stop living like you have no hope?
Finally, have you thought about how being a Nelly is impacting the sharing of your faith with those around you? Here’s the truth: no one wants what you have because it isn’t inspiring. It isn’t attractive. It isn’t compelling. If you got that way by following Jesus, I’ll pass, thank you very much. Why? Because Jesus doesn’t look like he can change a life based on what I see in you.
Let’s embrace our new year in a new approach which displays confidence in God as the shepherd of our lives, hope in our future because it is in God’s hands, and joy in our hearts because we are loved by the God who made us so much that he gave Jesus for us.
Live the hope within you.
Trust the God who saved you.
Tell your face.
Happy New Year.