The New Testament starts with the words, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ” (Matthew 1:1). Not a book containing the genealogy but the book of the genealogy (which comes from the word genesis – the beginning). In Genesis, the human race started with Adam, who failed. In Matthew, a new race of spiritual Israelites is starting, with Jesus who doesn’t fail. He is the true King who is going to build His Kingdom with citizens of faith.
King Jesus has come to sweep us up into the grand drama of redemptive history. In Christ, we no longer have to live in our own story that leads to nowhere; we are heading toward glory with each passing day.
The devil will always whisper, “What’s the use? It’s too late to change, to late to do something. Just take it easy and look out for yourself (walk on the wide path).” The Holy Spirit has a different voice. “It’s never too late. Go mend that relationship. Stop runing after the wind; invest in eternity. Cut that sin off and pursue Christ. King Jesus is writing a new story in you and through you.”
On this New Year Eve, I’m holding on to this quote by C. S. Lewis: “You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.”
We have to make sure that our ultimate goal is the glory of God and our dreams are kingdom ones. I know personally how easy it is to confuse my selfish ambition with kingdom dreams. I’ve become quite good at covering my vain pursuits with a veneer of godliness.
As 2011 ends and 2012 begins, I am earnestly praying that I will have many kingdom dreams and that God will be pleased with the direction of my heart. I’m holding on to good advice given by my former pastor to “be reflective of the past, repentant in the present, and revived in the future.”
Lord, in this upcoming year, write a new chapter of your redemption story in me and through me.