Dear Editor:
As we start a new year, we should recall things of the past into memory several reasons. Most people don’t want to think about the past. As a Christian, I recall the past to remember where God has brought me from. After all, we all have to come from somewhere to get where we are today. You see, God knew before we were born where we would be today. We can revisit our past to make us a better witness for someone who is going through the same things that we have gone through. He brought us on this journey of trials and tribulations to help others. If we had never experienced the things that we have, then how could we help our brothers and sisters that are troubled with these things?
James 2:14-17 says, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding, ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
So, you ask, what does this have to do with a new year starting now? Everything! We can use the things from our past, coupled with faith and turn them into works, and provide the things needed by our brothers and sisters. So, as we got into a new year, remember the past and where God has brought you from. Not to go back there, but to move forward. In order to get where we are going, we have to look forward. We need to keep our eyes on the prize at the finish line. Jesus. He is at the finish line waiting for us with open arms to take us in to be with Him forever. Our job here on earth will be finished.
Revelation 21:1-8 says, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give until him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh all shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolators, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
I believe with that, is enough said. It has been spoken by God himself through his word, which is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.
Have a blessed and God filled new year, 2018.
Tommy Privette