Colossians 1:16-18, 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
Colossians 3:1-2, 1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Lot’s of truth right here in this quote!
As we are in midst of the Christmas season (Jesus is the reason, not only for this season, but every season) and prepare for the coming of 2016 it might be a good time to do some self-evaluation.
In the light of eternity, how was 2015?
Far too many of us have plateaued in our Christian lives. Some of us have become stagnant! For many of us, whether we admit it or not, we have become like the Dead Sea. We’ve become like salt that has lost its savour!
Again, as we approach the New Year, it is a good time to “examine ourselves.” Here’s a few probing questions worth asking:
- Is Jesus pre-eminent in our life or is he simply prominent?
- Is our love for God, other believers, and a lost a dying world deeper than ever before?
- Are we growing closer to Christ or drifting further from him?
- Are we spending more time in the Bible and prayer?
- Is our commitment to the cause of Christ greater today than ever before?
- Are we telling more people about Jesus than we did in the past?
- Are we spending more time than ever before “doing the works of Jesus” among those who need him most?
- Was 2015 our best year in walk with Christ and our work for Christ?
- Do we have more passion for God and the things of God today than we’ve ever had? Or has someone or something replaced God on the throne of my heart (Jeremiah 2:13)?
- Do we have a clear vision from God for the future?
If we can’t answer with a resounding “yes,” to all, or at least most of the questions above, it probably reveals a lack of reading of good inspirational books and a lack of time spent with “spiritually-minded Christians” who inspire us to greater heights for God, and too much time with those who are not passionate about the things of God!
Who we spend time with and the books we read (or don’t read) greatly determine the desires of our heart and the direction of our lives!
Who or what are you spending quality time with?
With God’s help, 2016 can be different!!!