“Should We Be Guided by Decided Priorities?”


Every January 1st, we begin a brand new year in our lives. We come alive with bright prospects for the upcoming year!! Each new year brings with it hope of new beginnings, an exciting future (Jeremiah 29:11; 1 Corinthians 2:9), and energized resolve to put Jesus Christ first in everything (Colossians 1:18). 

But shouldn’t we also aim to begin each of our three-hundred and sixty-five days per year with a decision to be guided by Biblical priorities (1 Corinthians 10:31)? Of course! But still, those traditional time-markers or sign posts (like January 1st, or our Birthday, or our Anniversary, etc.), remain as legitimate times for resetting our Biblical priorities. The Bible speaks to us explicitly about “new beginnings.” It tells us of the numerous types of beginnings both brand new and final. Some of the more prominent final “new beginnings” are: The Priesthood of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 7:22-25); The final Sacrifice of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 10:10-14); and The “New” Covenant in His blood (Hebrews 8:8-13). In addition, the believer’s Salvation experience is described in Scripture as a “new” birth (John 3:1-8; 2 Corinthians 5:17). This “new” birth ensures a new life for every child of God (John 10:10). A life that will never end (John 17:3)! Practically speaking, a great reminder and source of encouragement for living each new day, and every new year; is that His mercies toward us are brand new every morning. Praise be to His name for this wonderful gift! O listen to the prophet Jeremiah’s words, “The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23). Dear friends, is this not good news for God’s people? We, who are great sinners, have a benevolent, longsuffering God, who will never give up on us! We have a God who is ready at all times, to forgive us (Psalm 86:5), and a God who will never despise the acceptable sacrifice of a broken and contrite heart (Psalm 51:17). This is extremely important for us to call to remembrance each new day of every year that remains of our earthly life. Why? Because we all sin so often (Ecclesiastes 7:20; 1 John 1:9). Yet, we must never give up (Proverbs 24:16; Micah 7:8), in order that we might persevere to the end (Matthew 24:13; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 3:14; 10:23; 12:1-2). Every day we are so often less than perfect models of maintaining our spiritual priorities (1 Thessalonians 5:14), but we must remember that God’s mercies are near and new to us every moment, of every day, of every month, and of every year! So, how can we consistently stay on this track of decided priorities? By keeping the following three Biblical components always before you: First, we must daily order our private worlds (Psalm 5:3); Second, we must discipline ourselves for the purpose of Godliness (1 Timothy 4:7); Third, we must run this race with the specific aim to win it (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)! And may we never forget, that all three must always be, saturated with humble prayerful dependence upon and in the strength of Jesus Christ (Luke 18:1; Ephesians 6:10)! Dear friend, this kind of priority thinking and living begins with our heart preparation today, to encounter the living God tomorrow morning; in both our public Worship, through the praises and prayers of His people; and through the reading and preaching of His Holy inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word! Soli Deo Gloria!


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