Fresh Start Or Final Chapter?

Posted on Jan 06 , 2015 in Salvation & Words Of Jesus

Fresh Start Or Final Chapter?

© By Brad L. Hodges

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NIV)
3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

Every year on January 1 mankind get a “do over,” a chance to launch a new year with a fresh start.

Of course from a human standpoint this only applies to certain things; a chance for self-improvement, an opportunity to manage money and assets better, a new approach to family and friend relationships. These are aspects of our lives we can immediately begin to take measures to improve.

On the other hand, again from a human standpoint, we usually cannot start over with a divorce that occurred in the prior year, a crime committed that did irreparable damage, the loss of a home through foreclosure or being fired from a good job for poor performance or something like embezzlement. Those kind of bridges are usually burned for good.

From a God standpoint however, “all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). In other words you may not be able to make a human fresh start for certain failures but God forgives all and gives you a permanent fresh start if you accept Jesus Christ as your personal savior (John 3:16).

Our world is a mess and there has been much speculation by humans that the end of times may be near, although “no one knows about that day or hour but God” (Mark 13:32).

From a broken human perspective you may only be able to fresh start certain earthly items but you absolutely can prepare for the final chapter of mankind when, not if, it comes, from an eternal perspective.

Instead of making New Years resolutions, one should be making eternal preparations, as a fresh earthly calendar cycle begins.

It is a fact that the majority of new year resolutions are broken. I recently read that 25% of New Year’s resolutions are broken in the first week alone. Within 6 months, over half of New Year Resolvers will have given up.

That is pretty dismal when one is trying to start fresh but it is a commonality in the human condition of brokenness.

As the opening Bible verse predicts there is going to be a lot of failure in the last days. Look around you and at the world at large. Do you see this occurring now?

While there is nothing wrong with trying to improve oneself or circumstances why bank on making resolutions that statistically will be broken almost before they start? Why not bank on making a commitment that will ensure an eternity?

“Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. —Matthew 6:19-21 (MSG).

Your New Years resolution should be a restitution of your soul if you have not found Christ. The result of that resolution will be an assurance of eternity when the final chapter arrives and all the broken attempts of earthly restorations are gone.

If you want to ensure your eternity and stop failing here on earth say this prayer;

Father help me start a new year by resolving that you sent your son Jesus Christ to die for my failures and that by accepting Him into my life I may guarantee a place with Him in eternity. Help me to improve myself while I am here on earth as far as my relationship with others so they may come to know you too by witnessing you in me, but let me realize that my treasure is in Heaven where failed human resolutions have no bearing. Amen.

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