“The very credentials these people are waving around as something special, I’m tearing up and throwing out with the trash—along with everything else I used to take credit for. And why? Because of Christ. Yes, all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life. Compared to the high privilege of knowing Christ Jesus as my Master, firsthand, everything I once thought I had going for me is insignificant—dog dung. I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ and be embraced by him. I didn’t want some petty, inferior brand of righteousness that comes from keeping a list of rules when I could get the robust kind that comes from trusting Christ— God’s righteousness.” -Apostle Paul (Philippians 3:7-9 MSG)
Every new year is a year of hope, a new beginning. But in our pursuit of happiness, pleasure and dreams, there is a great possibility that we’ll loose focus on the more important thing. And as a follower of Jesus, he should be the most important thing. My dreams, my plans, my happiness all depends on him and him alone.
As we enter the new year, my prayer for you and me is that we make everything else insignificant compared to our pursuit of Christ. May 2015 be all about Jesus in your life. If you’re not yet a follower of Christ, my hope is you’ll consider him this year — or at least investigate the possibility that his claims might be true — that he can forgive, love and give meaning to life.
Happy New Year!
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