It’s the last Sabbath of 2020. It’s been a year of trouble in the world around us; that’s most likely what the news media will say.
But Christians are not of this world. In John 17:15-17, we read this portion of Jesus’ prayer for His disciples:
I do not pray that You (Father) should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.
So, if we’re not of this world, how does that help us today? Let’s think about this. Many of our present problems can be seen as temptations to turn from our faith.
Financial problems can tempt us to think that God won’t provide for us.
Health problems can tempt us to think that God doesn’t care about us because why did we get sick in the first place and why isn’t He healing us.
Relationship problems can tempt us to think that some people are too difficult to love or don’t deserve our love; can tempt us to stop being faithful to what we know about the Fruit of the Spirit, about forgiveness.
As we look back on 2020, as Christians, we simply see the devastating results of sin.
We understand that sin is a part of Christian life. In fact, temptation can lead us to sin. As Jesus was tempted, so are we.
Hebrews 2:18 reminds us, because Jesus Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
He is able to aid us. He is able to help us through whatever we will face in 2021. Whatever we face: there are no exceptions!
As Christians, we’re to look up. Jesus is coming again. How will we wait for him in 2021?
Let’s wait in faith. Let’s wait nestled in the faith that He keeps His promises. Jesus is coming again. The Bible say that we shall see His face and His name shall be on our foreheads. There will be no night here.
Let’s approach 2021, believing with all our heart, that we are safe in Jesus. He has prayed for us, He is praying for us. He still loves us with all the passion He displayed as He died on that cross at Calvary for you and for me.
In Jesus, our sins are forgiven. In Jesus, the old has passed away. In Jesus, His mercies are new every morning. In Jesus, His grace, His wisdom, His comfort, His everlasting love is sufficient to carry us through every situation of every day. Let’s let our words and actions demonstrate that we believe this!
When we keep our eyes on Jesus because we trust Him, He keeps us in perfect peace. It’s just one of His promises to us.
Let’s live promise to promise; let His promises come alive in us.
We are not of this world, just as Jesus is not of this world. Let’s live this way in 2021. Amen.