No doubt many of us will begin the new year with a renewed vigor to read the scriptures and get deeper into our Bibles.
Of course, this is a good thing. Few disciples would show disdain toward anyone wanting to get deeper into the teachings of Christ.
I would, however, like to encourage you to reach deeper into the relationship you have with Jesus. To look more into the depths of what it truly means to be a Christian, a disciple of Jesus. That takes more than reading verses out of our Bible. It takes a complete commitment to understanding and getting to know our savior through how he defines himself, and not from some image I have made of him.
Spend time in prayer. Speak often with your Lord. Look for Christ in the little things. Look at ministry as being part of every aspect of your life including you work and hobby. Finally, listen to his voice. You might be surprised how often God speaks to us and we never even hear it.
Each year brings with it uncertainties. 2013 is much the same; with one exception. I believe we are going to see some dramatic changes in our culture. They will not necessarily be good. The new year will demand we put our focus on being true disciples centered on the teachings of our Master. That, however, may mean shedding our concept of Jesus and embracing who he really is. Not some ideal Jesus we see in movies. Not some type of god defined by the “cool” preacher in the pulpit.
By hearing God’s voice, listening the the Spirit and building on the firm foundation of Jesus, the new year can be the year in which we reach deep into what it truly means to be a Christian