Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
January is an important month.
It’s a time for looking back because we must account for the way things were last year. There was income and expenses and activities. There were victories to build on, and there were experiences to learn from. The sum total, the bottom line of an entire year of life, can be called a “reckoning”, to use an old term. Reckoning is the way you balance activities and expenses. It is what accountants do – they look back and balance the books. When the books balance you have a firm foundation for future plans.
January is also a time to look forward because you have an opportunity to envision the way we would like things to be. Jesus our Lord gives us new life through His resurrection. Therefore, we have good reason to look to our future with faith, hope and joy. Because I believe in Jesus, I like to revisit the kind of reckoning that He uses to account for my life.
“Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Romans 6:4 “Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:11
This is a crucial place in Scripture from which you can figure out the Lord’s accounting method. No matter how things were last year, or how this new year might unfold, I am confident that I can review what Jesus has accomplished, plus what He has deposited into my life, and then go right on believing, trusting, and obeying Him today and in the future. Worship God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) and follow His Word as a new year unfolds.
A new year is here. It’s time to do your accounting and your planning. In all that you do, rely upon the work of the Lord Jesus and daily keep His Word in your life. That’s the way I figure it.
Have a great year,