Well, the new year has started. 2017 is here and in full swing. And, well, wouldn’t you know it, I noticed that neither in bulletin articles nor in my sermons have I made the obligatory mention of New Year’s Resolutions or goals.
I believe it is important for us to have goals. If we don’t have goals, then we will never know if we have achieved anything...but if we set goals for ourselves then we will see the growth that accompanies the achievement of those goals.
So what sort of goals have you set for yourself for 2017? Maybe you have an unhealthy habit that you want to stop. If so, you’ve taken the first step. Now follow through with it in 2017.
Or, perhaps, you have not been engaging in a healthy habit and you want to start. Well, now is a really good time to make these changes.
In Acts 3, Peter has healed a crippled beggar. While those who witnessed the healing focus on the healing, Peter uses the opportunity to preach the gospel to the onlookers.
That just might be a good goal to set for 2017. Maybe one of your New Year’s Resolutions needs to be to make the most of every opportunity you are given to teach others the gospel.
Peter simply did what he could do to help a crippled beggar. When those around wanted to focus on Peter or the beggar, Peter put the focus on Jesus and shared the gospel message.
All of us have friends who are in need of the gospel message. All of us will have various opportunities to share the gospel with those friends...or will we?
Jesus Himself tells us that no one knows about “that day and hour” except for God (see Matthew 24:36). The next time you have opportunity to share the gospel with that friend, it could be your last chance...their last chance!
So, please, for that friend’s eternal sake, don’t wait! Make it your goal in 2017 to make the most of each opportunity God gives you to tell others about Jesus. This, I believe is what is most pleasing to God.
“So whether we are at home or away (in 2017), we make it our aim to please Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9)