If your life was $1000 bill and you gave it to God, what if He multiplied it and gave it back to you as several thousand $1 bills? Each day you would be asked to give Him $1 to represent your daily commitment to Him. The giving of the $1000 would represent you giving your life to Him for His gift of salvation. In no way does this imply that salvation can be bought with money because it cannot be purchased or earned. God giving you several thousand $1 bills in return represents how much more you will have when you give your life to him and the free will that He gives you to choose everyday whether you want to live that day for Him or not. Each $1 will represent a day of your life. We only have so many. We will have the choice to give it to him to multiply it and use it or to keep it and waste it. How many days have you already wasted? Do you wake each morning and take up your cross to follow Jesus? How will you spend your remaining days/dollars?
If you have a $20 bill to represent your day, $1 for each hour, how much of it will be given to Jesus? How well are you spending your time?
In every situation, God will be doing a work on everyone involved, even those that are onlookers. Before you try to fix the other people, examine yourself to see what God is trying to do in you. It may take you getting to where God want you to be for the others to get where God wants them to be.
No one said it was easy to follow Christ. He tells us in this world we will have troubles. We have troubles whether we walk with Him or not. The difference is the amount of troubles and whether we go through them alone or with Him.
We will be persecuted. We will think differently than the world thinks. We may be called names or laughed at. Consider it joy because we are living for the Lord and we will receive our reward. Look at what Christ went through. We should be just like Him and forgive them for they know not what they do. They are not yet understanding God’s perspective. Until they do, they will not see things the same and therefore may do things and say things that may be inappropriate. We should forgive and pray for them.
They are not perfect and we are not perfect. They may still need to accept Jesus as their Savior but they are loved just the same. Allow God to deal with others and let’s do our best when God deals with us.
If you have had a great 2012, may your 2013 be even greater. If 2012 has not been that great, may 2013 be a year of renewing. God is bigger than any of your problems. Your attitude, outlook and perspective can make all the difference. Don’t allow Satan to defeat you. God can make the difference in how well your year unfolds. May it be joyful, peaceful, hopeful and full of the things that truly satisfy.
If you want this year to be different, you may need to make changes in how you are doing life. You may need to do things differently if you aren’t getting the results you want. If you don’t change how you live, you will keep getting the same results.