Over the Christmas weekend and after that I had a conversation with Son two. He had been asked about new year’s resolutions. And out of Kea came this wisdom. If you need to change it and it is important, you change it now.
True. The date has clicked into a new year. So what. What matters is that we are moving towards being more like Christ.
Though that requires we are gracious when times are hard. The number of young mothers or pet owners who have had to clean up stuff that their pet or child overate in this time of indulgence is an example of how you need grace.
The feast is over, and the feast was good. What we have to do is get back onto the habits of holiness.
3 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12 I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13 also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away.”
5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.
Before we go into a discussion of what to do now, for there is nothing new there, we need to remind ourselves that Christ has won. The victory is already there. The delay is for mercy, so that all who will know him are drawn to Christ.
So that none are left without a witness to salvation.
So this New Year, what will happen?
- I need to be a little less political, by which I mean a lot less. This is in part because of what I do in real life. But the bigger reason is that you need to have minimal barriers to the gospel. I have a pile of memes collected, unused. Because they are sarcastic, funny, and would drive anyone without a fairly bleak sense of humour away.
- Similarly, the concentration is on the scripture, and how it appears to affect us in this time.
- The word of God is inspired by God. All of it. Including the bits we don’t like. It is for our benefit — the people whose lives end badly are there as warnings, and the faithful for emulation.
- We can expect that those who speak truth can and will be punished by those in authority. This is now obvious. We need to instead discuss how to stand and survive. I think here joy and laughter and fellowship are key factors.
And no, this place will remain. It is backed up. If only the scripture goes up, and God is glorified, it is doing its job. For this should not in any way be about me.