Happy New Year! The entire year of 2017 seems like just yesterday for some of us - like the year 2000 when the Y2K computer crash was on the verge of happening. We were told, "Stock up with food, water, and necessary supplies for a computer crash could happen that will cripple everything!" In reality, we are probably more susceptible to a computer crash today than we were back in 2000!
Enough said about "time past." We cannot go back and relive a day, a month, a year, or even an event. We have spent yesterday. If the Lord tarries His coming, we have today and tomorrow. His Word says in James 4:13-17, "Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin."
I draw your attention to the first three words of James 4:13, "Go to now, ..."
My first thought for today is: What is it that you and I are to "Go to now, ..."? What are we to be busy about in the work of the Lord? What is it that needs evaluated, examined, and adjusted properly in our walk with God as we enter this new year? The first place I need to "Go to now, ..." is in my heart attitude towards Him and the brethren. Am I where I need and want to be spiritually as I enter this new year? If not, He is the answer to my adjustment need. He is the standard - the mirror in which I need to look and see what adjustments need to be made.
My second thought for today comes from James 4:14: "... For what is your life? ..." The answer to this question will vary in our thoughts by our age, the circumstances we are in, the challenges we are facing, and our perspective and relationship with our God. It could be your answer to this question is: "It is mine!" If we are saved, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." These verses need to be visited today. A quick prayer of dying to self may be necessary. We are not ours - we are His!
My third and last thought for today comes from James 4:17: "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." This verse needs to be seen in light of sins of commission as well as sins of omission. I can list a lot of sins I am to keep from, but am I as conscious of the sins of omission that I am tempted by, or challenged with, daily? As we enter the new year, may we read His Word, submit to His Word, and follow it today! We may not get another opportunity to do the same tomorrow.
Happy New Year! See you tomorrow night, or on Sunday, in His designated and supplied place for us to worship.
|Written by Dr. Bill Duttry
January 3, 2018