Thursday, December 30, 2021
How will our lives be described when we are gone from this earth? What kind of a heritage are we leaving? Here is a description I hope will be true of my life – he grew, he was strong, he was wise, and he was filled with grace.
Those are the same characteristics that describe the first twelve years of the life of Jesus.
Luke 2:40 “And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.”
As we prepare to enter a new year, with all of the possible resolutions for change we may make, let the following verses from the Bible be your guide. They contain the same words that were used to describe Jesus. I think it’s clear that they are to describe us as well. Let the Word of God dwell richly in you.
1 Peter 2:2-3 “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
Ephesians 4:15-16. “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”
Ephesians 3:16 “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.”
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”
BE WISE –
James 1:5-6. “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
1 Corinthians 2:13 “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.”
Ephesians 1:17 “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”
James 3:17 – 18 “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
BE FILLED WITH GRACE
2 Peter 1:2 “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.”
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
2 Timothy 2:1 “You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.”
Ephesians 4:7 “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Now, write your New Year’s resolution from those spiritual principles.