Another year has come and gone! We cannot go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today to make a new ending. I have really thought about that statement. The conclusion is that we don’t start over, but we begin again right where we are, letting God make things better in our lives.
If I were to make a New Year resolution, it would be to have a deeper commitment, a deeper love, and deeper worship for the Lord. What about you?
If you are a Christian and you feel stagnate in your relationship with the Lord, then there is a good possibility you have left your first love. Maybe you are asking, “Pastor Ron, what can I do to rekindle that love?” Well Jesus addressed this very issue speaking to the believers of the church of Ephesus, and diagnosed their problem with these words, “You have left your first love.” (Revelation 2:4). Jesus never leaves us, nor does His love for us wander. We are the ones whom move away from the Lord when our love is enticed away by the things of this world. For example, hobbies, a job, a relationship, anything that takes first place over Christ in your life.
But the good news is this, Jesus has prescribed a solution. “Remember therefore from where you have fallen, repent, and do the works you did at first.” (Revelation 2:5). Remember, when we remember we give our minds back to God. Relive that thrill and romance and the desire to tell the world about your new found love in Christ. Repent, when we repent our heart is given over to God. Right beliefs and outward service cannot make up for a cold heart. Do the works you did first. That requires me to go back and serve the Lord with the same passion and devotion I first started with. Works don’t save you but they are the by-product of a saving relationship with Christ (Ephesian 2:8-10).
Wishing you a Happy New for 2018, and a fuller, deeper love for the Lord. From your friends at New Melle Baptist Church.