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WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IN YOUR LIFE THIS NEW YEAR?


      

Recently, I saw an interesting meme on Facebook that I thought was truly worthwhile. To be sure, much of the religious stuff I see on Facebook is at best worthless and at worse spiritually harmful. However, every now and then I see something that is truly edifying and worthwhile. This particular meme (while it was not necessarily religious based it did have a good spiritual lesson) was about 2 individuals discussing what they hoped would happen in the new year, and their discussion went as follows—

Person 1—“Why so optimistic about 2019? What do you think it will bring? Everything seems so messed up?”
Person 2—“I think it will bring flowers.”
Person 1—“Yes? How come?”
Person 2—“Because I am planting flowers.”
The meme shows Person 2 planting flowers!

What a great perspective to consider what we want from the new year. Immediately this brought to my mind 2 scriptures—

2 Corinthians 9:6 -- But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Galatians 6:7 -- Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

It is so easy to want good things to happen in our own lives as if they will “magically” come about without any effort on our part. Often people especially want God to work good in their lives, but they seem to give little to no effort. To me this is not much different than “wishful thinking”.

The Scriptures teach us if we desire good in our lives we must work at sowing the seed to that good. Do we desire to know more of God’s Word? Then we must study God’s Word, and yes, even teach others what we have learned. If we do this, we will certainly know more of God’s Word in the coming year. Do we desire to be better servants in His kingdom? Then we must sow the seed of serving others, and we will be better servants. Do we desire a better relationship with our wife/husband and children? Then we must sow the seed of working toward that goal.

Unfortunately, many want God to work in their lives, but they themselves are not willing to work toward that end. When we are not willing to labor toward what we want the Lord to do for us, the good will not happen. And when this is the case, who’s fault is it?

Conversely, when we desire “every spiritual blessing in Christ” as taught in Eph 1:3, and we work toward that end, we will receive every spiritual blessing in Christ. After all, the Lord only wants to do good in our lives, but we must do our part in sowing if we want to reap that good.





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