- 9 Love from the centre of who you are; don’t fake it.
We are required to love from the centre of who we are and if Jesus is at the centre of who you are then that is where your love will be formed. The formation of love is the power of a new beginning. If you want to be held to the past then continue what you were doing before, but if you want to be released then love from the centre. This means that we are not loving out of who we are but rather out of who Jesus is in us. Examples of his love.
We sometimes can get so grumpy and stuck in our own ruts that we forget to love. Risk it this year and see what happens.
- Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good (cling). Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.
There is so much going on in our world right now which is blatantly evil. We cannot always overcome it, but the scriptures are clear that there is one solution and that is good. When you see evil run from it and do good.
Hold onto the morals ethics and values which have been given to you by Jesus. The main focus for Jesus is to bring us into relationship with the Father and to show us his heart. What was the main mission of Jesus? To show the Father’s heart. I want to at this point speak to Fathers that at the start of the year you commit to being good father’s present father’s giving direction, love and wisdom to your children. Mothers do the same. These young eyes are watching your actions all the time and learning from you.
- 10 Be good friends who love deeply; practice playing second fiddle. 15 Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. 16 Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody. 17 Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone.
There is nothing better than a good friend and in order to have good friends you need to be a good friend. Who is God putting around you at this time. Some friends may need to be let of because they are not good for you, but there are those who have consistently shown you deep love. Don’t neglect them. Some of my best friends are in my circle of family. A new beginning for you may be to reach out to those good friends. Don’t push them away. Look out for the beauty that they shine from within.
- 11 Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master – I really sense that as we look at the new year we need to pace ourselves well. I often watch in the Park run how people bolt out at speed and then when it comes to the hill of despair they are finished. I enjoy hills a lot and have learnt to pace myself for them. I will not stop easily on a hill and will keep my head down to flatten it out and then take the handbrake off. In order to also keep running well you need to have the right fuel so that you can endure the last part of the run. In the comrades marathon or any marathon for that matter the last 12 km are the most important. It’s here that you will know if you have enough fuel. Climbing Cradock peak last Sunday.I believe that the next word in this scripture is the key to spiritual flame and that is the word aflame – keep the fire burning in your relationship with God and with others.
- 12 Cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. And really friends be expectant of what God is going to do with you in 2018. Cheerfully expectant. It may not always be the best of days every day, but even in those challenging days there are lessons to be learnt. I believe that praying harder is not about the intensity of the prayer but more about the genuineness of the relationship you have with Jesus. A new beginning may be for you to just exercise your ultimate love language – pray a bit more this year.
- 13 Help needy Christians; be inventive in hospitality.
14 Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. 18 If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. 19 Don’t insist on getting even; that’s not for you to do. “I’ll do the judging,” says God. “I’ll take care of it.” 20 Our Scriptures tell us that if you see your enemy hungry, go buy that person lunch, or if he’s thirsty, get him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him with goodness.
As we move into 2018 let’s find ways to help others. Start with the people who share fellowship with you and then look out. As far as hospitality goes, I am learning that George is truly a stopover spot and we have been busy in the nicest way with people blessing us with their presence. We have entertained angelos – messengers and they have spoken into our lives in powerful ways – young and old.
- Surprise people with goodness as you are generous to them. We have been so blessed by the many surprises we had last year and now this year already. Look out for them and then bless others because you have been blessed. Don’t hold back.
We are called together in 2018 to serve in the vineyard called George methodist church alongside of the many other vineyards in this area (churches). I pray that we will work towards a real team ministry of people who have put aside the old of 2017 and are moving towards what God is about to do in 2018. There are two words for new in Greek – Neos and Kainos . Neos is like a new shirt or skirt new but kainos is new like never before. May your new beginning be a Kainos beginning. New Like never before. Be expectant of what the Holy Spirit is doing this year and be a player and not a spectator. Are we together – WE ARE TOGETHER.