And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Welcome to 2017 and good riddance 2016. The end of the year pollsters revealed the average American couldn't wait for 2016 to be left in the rearview mirror and step on the accelerator toward the new year and new horizons. There is something beautiful and freeing about a "reset" button. A sense of freedom and freshness for our bodies, our souls, and our spirits... and wherever you land on the sliding scales of New Years resolutions and/or goals, we know the mere thought of starting over can spark renewal and awakening.
What is it about a new year that tends to get our attention? Is it just a culturally manufactured emotion with historically fleeting results? A genius invention of the fitness world to gain more gym memberships? The brain child of the self-help industry?
What if it was deeper and more primal?
In the wake of one of the worst years on the globe in recent history, and cynicism at its peak, what keeps us moving forward with new resolve, fresh dreams, and revived spirits?
Is it possible, that humanity --- us, you, me --- being made in the image and likeness of our Creator, possesses deep within us truth that there is more? That at the very center of our architecture and blueprint lies an invitation to know and experience more. Is it possible that the Holy Spirit of God urges and invites us to let go and simultaneously hold on knowing that resurrection is real and possible?
And so... Every year, the calendar flips anew, the sun begins to hang a little longer and higher in the sky, and creation starts the movement toward the burst of new life --- so we actively wait for resurrection again.
God promised new life in the finished and complete work of Jesus. God promised that He would finish and complete the good work that He had begun.
And so... Maybe we rise every year as the proverbial page flips and a new chapter begins because our only real hope is that He would continue the good work that He has begun in us. All the trials and pain, all the blessings and joys, all the confusion and unknowns are producing a genuine dependance that is beyond us. This is the good work of a good Father. This is the good work of the gospel.
Here's to 2017.
Here's to newness, hope, and resurrection that can only come through the perfect work of Jesus.
Sail on friends.
He who began a good work WILL bring it to completion.