It is the new year and we are all looking at New Year’s resolutions, change, fresh starts. What is this doing to our heart?
When our focus is so intent on change, on doing better, on being different we soon become discontent with our now. Not everything can be new, not everything needs to be new and we need to find a level of contentment with where we are at.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change
The courage to change the things I can
And the wisdom to know the difference.
At the same time there will be things that we know we should be doing better in. The question is though are we going to change because the world tells us we should be skinnier, healthier or more orderly or because God puts something on our heart. Then again, if God is whispering in our ear, we can either strive to make change happen in our own strength or we can walk in the spirit and allow the Holy Spirit to do a work in us. This happens as we focus on Jesus, as we spend time getting to know him, as we allow him to fill our thinking moments. As he fills our mind, our heart, our will, our convictions our actions will change too.
Let the one thing we change this year is listening to the call of Jesus: I stand at your door and knock, if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. (Rev 3:20)
I’ve been thinking about this verse – when people come to dine with me, share a meal together, there is lots of talking and laughing going on. We get to know each other a little bit more. That’s what happens when we let Jesus in, spend time with him, get to know his heart. Our lives are better for the interaction. And yet, our dinner guests tend to leave at the end of the meal – Jesus wants to stay and have this type of fellowship day by day, moment by moment.
All for Jesus By Asa Hull
All for Jesus, all for Jesus!
All my being’s ransomed powers:
All my thoughts and words and doings,
All my days and all my hours.
Let my hands perform his bidding,
Let my feet run in his ways;
Let my eyes see Jesus only,
Let my lips speak forth his praise.
Worldlings prize their gems of beauty,
Cling to gilded toys of dust,
Boast of wealth and fame and pleasure;
Only Jesus will I trust
Since my eyes were fixed on Jesus
I’ve lost sight of all beside;
So enchained my spirit’s vision,
Looking at the Crucified
Oh, what wonder! How amazing!
Jesus, glorious King of Kings,
Deigns to call me His beloved
Lets me rest beneath His wings.