Starting a New Year

It’s the new year and for many, it is also the hope of something better, the beginning of new resolutions that are made after reflecting on the past year.

In Matthew 3, we see the baptism of Jesus and the beginning of Christ’s public appearance. Like us in the new year, Jesus was starting a new journey, marked by the symbolic baptism in the river Jordan and the confirmation by the Father of his identity.

“You are my Son, with whom, I am well pleased.”

I thought it was interesting how God didn’t give Jesus a road map of what he was to do. There was no list of things, places or names Jesus was to go to. Jesus was simply told who he was and that God was pleased. God chose to speak those words to Jesus after Jesus made an intentional act to be baptized. Baptism symbolizes death of self and the resurrection into new life in the Spirit. The words God spoke were to commission Jesus with authority and with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Today, we need to claim those life giving words into our lives. You may have a set of goals and resolutions in mind for the new year or you may just have a hope for better things to come this year. Whatever it is, commit it to The Lord – and do not gratify the desires of your selfish flesh. Give yourself and what you will do to The Lord in an act of surrender as Jesus demonstrated in his baptism. And The Lord will make your paths straight. He will commission you with the power of the Holy Spirit and you will hear the same words He spoke to Jesus, that He is well pleased with you.

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.” Psalm 37:5-6.

“A man plans in his heart, The Lord determines his steps and makes them sure.” Proverbs 16:9.

Lord, today I commit the new year into your hands, I give you my heart, my thoughts and my time and I ask that you bring to fruition the good works that you have prepared in advance for me to do. Your will be done, your kingdom come.

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