The New Year is upon us! It is a year of New Beginnings. The time has come to say goodbye to the past and hello to the future. God has given us dreams and visions for the future, and now is the time to pursue them. There is much to be done—places to go, people to see, and things to do. It will require hard work and great faith to get it done.
The Scriptures teach us the following: “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the LORD, not for human masters” (Col. 3:23 NIV). It doesn’t matter what you feel called by God to do, you can be sure that hard work will be at the heart of it. According to Mark Batterson, if we are to accomplish our God-given dreams, we must “Pray like it depends on God and Work like it depends on Us.”
+ If we are going to honor The Lord, then we must work very hard to do so in every area of our lives – home, school, work, family and community.
+ As followers of Jesus Christ, we have been set apart. We are no longer who we once were, but different-NEW. We don’t think the same or talk the same or even act the same. Therefore, our lives are to reflect the image and influence of The Lord Jesus Christ, so that the world around us can see the difference that only The Lord can make when one chooses to follow Him.
+ If you want to honor God and be the man or woman that He has created and called you to be, then follow the example that Jesus Christ has set for you. Love God, love people and work hard in every area of life. In doing so, you will continue to be shaped and molded into His image and become better prepared to do all that He has called you to do.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be the the person that you have created and called me to be. Help me to live a life that brings honor to You. Help me to understand the importance of working hard in all aspects of life: home, family, school and work, so that I can set an example for those around me, and show the world the difference that You can make in the lives of Your followers. Let everything that I do be done for the glory of God and for the good of the people. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.