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December 13, 2017

Reflections: Walking into New Beginnings in 2018

Amid the hustle and bustle of the season, often lost and buried under wrapping paper, decorations and Christmas presents, the Christ child lies patiently waiting for us to turn our hearts and attention to Him. For many, the true meaning of Christmas has been lost. The angels who appeared before the shepherds announcing the birth of our Lord and Savior spoke of peace on earth. This peace has been carelessly pushed aside and forgotten, replaced by the hectic festivities we now call Christmas.

Jesus was born to redeem us and to provide an opportunity for us to, once again, commune with God. Jesus took on the limitations of a fleshly body, along with all the pain and suffering that was to follow, to repair the rift between us and God. Without His sacrifice, a relationship with a righteous God would be impossible.

Jesus gave us a very special gift when he gave up His heavenly throne, took on a human body and was born into an existence so different from that which He had known. He would return to His rightful position as Son, seated at the right hand of His Father, but until that appointed time, He lived within the restrictions of a human body. But in His time on earth, He demonstrated for us how life was meant to be lived … in the service of others.

Rev 21:5a states, ‘And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”’ Just as He came to earth as a newborn babe, He has given us a new life filled with opportunities to serve both God and man. This can be especially important to consider as the New Year approaches, a time when many begin to think about making changes and about New Year’s resolutions.

As Christians, it behooves us to consider our resolutions carefully. In light of the fact that we are supposed to love our neighbor as ourselves (Lev 19:18, Matt 22:39, Mark 12:31;33, Luke 10:27, Rom 13:9, Gal 5:14, James 2:8) and to go make disciples of all the nations (Matt 18:19), it becomes immediately apparent that God places a priority on our relationship with and treatment of others.

Additionally, in Matt 9:37 Jesus told his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” This makes it imperative that all Christians do their part to bring in the harvest.

Each of us is called to minister to others and to preach the good news.

Some are called into professional ministry, becoming preachers, teachers and evangelists. Others, such as Christian counselors, also have a professional ministry. These professions afford them the opportunity to have an impact on a vast majority of people.

Some individuals are called to give financially, to support others in their ministry. God uses the fruits of their labor to spread the good news and to alleviate pain and suffering. He often blesses them even further when they are obedient in their giving, enabling them to give even more.

And still others minister to those with whom they interact daily – in the home and in the office. Some demonstrate their faith to their fellow co-workers through their words and actions. Mothers and fathers demonstrate the love of God to their children. They teach their children about God, His commandments and the things they should do to please God. These non-professional “ministers” make themselves available to do God’s will in their everyday lives.
Whether your ministry leads you to impact a large number of people or to impact only a few, it’s important you do what you are called to do. Since the Lord does not want anyone to perish, but for everyone to come to repentance, (2 Peter 3:9b) we each have a job to do in order to accomplish this task. We're each responsible for the time, talents and treasures with which we have been bestowed.
After all, 1 Peter 4:10-11a states, “Each of us should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides.”

Therefore, as you ponder your New Year’s resolutions, remember, we're all in the ministry of spreading the gospel and ministering to the poor and helpless. Pray for the wisdom to accomplish the tasks God has assigned for you to do. Welcome the coming year as one given a new lease on life … eternal life. Do what you can to help others find this same new lease on life.

If you’d like to learn more about professions that enable you to serve wholeheartedly and faithfully in your life’s work or want to learn more about a biblically based, Christ-centered education at Geneva, we’d love to introduce you to Christian perspectives at work in the field of Human Services. For more information on how Geneva College can help you pursue your ministry goals, please phone us at 855-979-5563 or email