We welcome the first day of this year with all the possibilities of a new beginning. It brings hope of achieving things that matter. Viewed with fresh energy at the starting line, hurdles don’t seem as high.
Luke writes about Zacchaeus, a rich tax collector, who wanted to see Jesus as He passed through Jericho. Zacchaeus was too short to see over the people lined up along the city streets. They hated Zacchaeus. He could have hung back hoping for just a glimpse of Christ, but he was determined. He ran on ahead and climbed a tree. Small stature, pride, nothing could stop him. He did what he could with no idea of how special that day would be for him.
Jesus stopped by the tree, called Zacchaeus down and invited Himself to the tax collector’s home (Luke 19:1-10). He gave the little man quality time! The life Jesus lived on this earth revealed the nature of Father God (John 14:9) who never does just enough. He gives abundantly. His love and grace and mercy are unlimited.
The exuberant blooms of my amaryllis have delighted me. The bulb is not a thing of beauty. I’m amazed at what it produced. It draws nutrients from the soil. The leaves, stem and flower buds develop and open. We draw life from God’s Word (Proverbs 4:20-22) meditating, believing, obeying. Jesus told the people to consider how the birds and flowers are provided for, and realize we’re worth so much more (Matthew 6:25-33).
I want to move forward into the good things God has planned for my life in 2018. Ephesians 3:20 declares that God “will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you” (TPT).
His supernatural ability is in us. We need to take the initiative and step out in faith. As we press forward He will guide us into the realization of our hopes for this new year.