January is one of my favorite months. It’s a time of new beginnings. I love it when the calendar turns over because (whether it’s perception or reality) it feels like a completely fresh start. It’s a time of goal-setting, vision-casting, dreaming, and beginning new chapters.
If you’re like me, you know that starting new things is exhilarating. I love diving into a new book, folding over and creasing the opening pages for the first time, and wading into the new adventurous world of…well…whatever the book is about.
You know what would be awesome? If the discipline and work ethic that it takes to actually finish something was as inspiring as the feeling of starting fresh. This weekend, the first full weekend of 2012, countless books, remodeling projects, workout regimens, diets, and personal budgets will receive fresh commitments. I’m not writing this to depress you. But as we all know, next weekend, next month, or maybe even the second weekend of March, will be doomsday for so many of the “this is the year” good intentions that motivated you and I to get out of bed early this morning. If only the joy of discipline that leads to completion was a great as the joy of beginning.
Think about the most important New Year’s Resolution that you have ever made. Did you finish it? Let’s go beyond simply a time of year. Think about the most important resolution, or decision, that you have ever made. Are you thinking? Did you finish it? Are you going to finish it?
It’s been said that the most important decision that any human being will ever make is what they will believe, and do, about Jesus Christ. I wholeheartedly agree with this assessment. There is nothing, nothing, nothing, more important than how you and I respond to Jesus Christ. Putting your faith in Jesus and committing your life to Him is THE most important resolution you or I will ever make. But are you going to finish what you started?
Have you ever struggled with that last question? Have you ever feared that you’re not really a Christian? Have you ever laid awake at night wondering if your relationship with God through Jesus is real? Have you ever struggled with assurance that God loves you? Have you ever worried that in this most important of decisions you may not follow through?
What if you found out that when it comes to this most vital, eternal-destiny-determining decision, it’s not about you finishing what you started, but about God finishing what He started? How would that affect those questions when they assault your mind?
This is what we’ll be looking at tomorrow at LifePoint Church as we begin our study of Philippians: Surprised by Joy: Penned in Prison. Tomorrow’s message is called Servants, Saints, and Assurance from Philippians 1:1-6. Here’s the key verse for you to chew on for the next 24 hours:
6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.