A New Year

A friend of mine who has done extensive mission work in Rhodesia once spoke of the grace and beauty of the impala and, especially, of its athletic ability. Apparently, this small deer-like creature can jump forward from a stand-still some 30 feet, and can jump straight up some 10 feet. You would think that these animals would be almost impossible to keep in containment but he explained that a solid wall about 4 feet in height will stop them cold. The reason is that they will not jump where they cannot see. And, so, the potential freedom of the impala is suppressed by a puny obstacle.

Christians are often subdued, stifled, and sometimes stopped cold in their tracks because they cannot imagine a future full of growth. They panic over the thought of dying and refuse Divine vision. All a human can see is the present and a fuzzy past. However, if we were to rely on the Father and look beyond the here and now, we would invest in faith. “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6). Time, talent, and legal tender, allotted to the Lord’s work, will pay rich, eternal dividends.

Paul, from the dank, dark recesses of a prison cell said: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). The New Year is upon us; what can you do for the Lord in this next year? If we apply ourselves like there is no tomorrow, when time is no more, tomorrow will turn into a forever with God. What could possibly hinder you?

JDS