It’s Your Year
2013 is your year!
It’s your time!
Prepare to receive all God has for you in the New Year!
We see this at the start of every year, and the implication seems to be that the New Year is all about fulfillment of our hopes and dreams. Not everyone means it this way, of course. But I’ve read enough posts and articles that spell it out exactly that way, to believers. It’s all about you, and all about me. Maybe 2012 presented challenges and obstacles to achieving your goals, but 2013 is your year.
When is it ever about us? When is it ever our time, as if we deserved anything? And if we’re preparing to receive what God has for us, does that include trials and suffering? Isn’t that a part of this walk as well?
The disciples thought it was their time when they walked with Jesus. Despite what He was teaching them, they thought He was setting up an earthly kingdom—and they made it all about them.
“James and John, the two sons of Zebedee, came up to Jesus, saying, ‘Teacher, we want You to do for us whatever we ask of You.’ And He said to them, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ They said to Him, ‘Grant that we may sit, one on Your right and one on Your left, in Your glory.’” Mark 10:35-37
James and John wanted places of prominence. They were ready to receive glory. But Jesus told them they didn’t know what they were asking. He said, “Are you able to drink the cup that I drink . . .?” (Mark 10:38)
They wanted the glory, but could they endure the suffering?
In a real sense, it was the disciples’ time—to be tested and afflicted. Imagine someone telling the apostle Paul, “You’ve been persecuted and struck down, but now it’s your time!” Paul’s mindset was this:
“For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh” (2 Corinthians 4:11).
If this is at all about us, it’s about us daily dying to self. It’s about the life of Jesus being manifested through us. Yes, we should desire and even anticipate a New Year filled with promise and the outworking of God’s plans and purposes for our lives—whatever they may be. We should be excited about seeing His glory at work in and through us. We should have a godly confidence that banishes fear and doubt. We should be ready to continue to run in hot pursuit. And our eyes, always, should be fixed steadfastly on Jesus and His glory.
Wishing all of the blog family a BLESSED and PROSPEROUS 2013!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
Are you excited about the New Year? Are you anticipating God’s plans and purposes, as He seeks to be glorified through you?