I want to know Christ. Phil. 3:10
To live is Christ and to die is gain. Phil. 1:21
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood. Rev. 1:6
Heavenly Father, whew! It’s the last day of 2020 (we hope), and our hearts are filled with many emotions. What a fear-fueling, angst-igniting, heaven-longing year it has been.
One year ago today, who could have imagined life would become so “viral” and virtual; face-masks would be daily attire and political hot potatoes; and disinfectant wipes and toilet paper would be hoarded? And in all of it, Father, you have never been more sovereign, loving, and at work. Thank you.
Whether we’re New-Year’s-Eve-resolvers or not, what will good stewardship of 2021 look like? As in any year, nothing will be more important than our relationship with Jesus. For he is our “righteousness, sanctification, and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30); “the ruler of the kings of the earth” (Rev. 1:5), and the One who is making “all things new” (Rev. 21:5).
As we begin 2021, help us discern between the good and the best, the non-essential and the vital, and the eternal and the fleeting. No matter what else happens in the New Year, please make Jesus more beautiful, irresistible, and compelling to us.
Oh that 2021 might be the year you choose to send him back. Until that Day, may we live and love, rejoice and weep, spend and be spent to his glory. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ reigning, righting, and righteous name.