Im not really sure Im up to this!
I just dont know if I can do the work!
Maybe Ill do it next year.
Im not sure I have time to do it right now.
I just dont want to mess anything up.
These are the words of thousands, even millions, of us who look at the
new year and worry if were really up to the changes we say we want to
Fear about change, uncertainty about opportunities, and worry about the
future steal more from us than thieves ever will. Theres just
something in our human nature that makes us afraid. We dont want to
lose what we have, so we pull back from anything that might threaten it
even things that might be a whole lot better. We fear the
consequences of our possible changes. So most of our new year changes
are short-lived and mere window dressing.
God has promised his power to help us change.
As Christians, however, we have the power to change without fear. We
can reach out and embrace new opportunities with expectation. We can
welcome the future with excitement.
You see, God has promised his power to help us change. That power is
the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 3:14-21). This is the same power that raised
Jesus from the dead (Ephesians 1:17-19). This is power to not only
change, but to be transformed (2 Corinthians 3:18).
While we change, Gods grace assures us that the important things in our
lives will not be lost. As our hearts seek after Jesus as Lord, we can
welcome changes and seize opportunities knowing that nothing can
separate us from his love for us (Romans 8:31-39). Jesus love and
presence will not change or leave us (Hebrews 13:5b-6, 8).
While some may fear the dawn of a new year because of the changes it
MIGHT bring, we can welcome the dawn of a new year with anticipation.
In this new year, our Lord Jesus will be work to change us to be more
like himself and to be more of a blessing to those around us. His work
in us WILL happen. The real question is this: Are we going to let fear
rob Jesus of his goal in us, or will we seize the opportunities and seek
the changes that bring him glory?
Lets welcome the dawn of a new year with anticipation and courage,
remembering the apostle Johns promise: Perfect love drives out fear!
and the reassuring words of Jesus to his storm tossed disciples, Fear
not. I am!