There is something about us that likes new beginnings. I hit the gym yesterday morning at a similar time that I go other mornings, and there were four times as many people there. The sign “Annual New Year’s Special” was posted over the entry door, and it brought the new converts in droves. Personal trainers were mentoring people, the music was up loud and there was a sense of newness in the air. Everyone seemed to be encouraged about a new beginning.
The Gospel is about a new beginning. “If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation. The old is gone, the new is come.” (2 Cor 5:17) Jesus first “sermon” was all about a new beginning. “Repent and believe the good news.” (Mark 1:15) Jesus was inviting his listeners into a new way of doing life. He was telling them to re-evaluate the way they were doing life and to go a different way. As I think about 2012, the invitation is the same: REPENT and BELIEVE!
If I can look back on 2012 and say that I honestly responded to this invitation of Jesus with a yes, then it will be a great year. There is no way to know what will transpire, but I know my part. Jesus is asking me to take a look at my life and make some changes (REPENT), and to grow in belief that He is in control (BELIEVE).