HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ME

(Reprinted from Jan. 5, 2009)

What a great time of year! A fresh start. Well-intended resolutions. Fresh goals. Inspired dreams. A blank slate.

Most of us experience the rush of a new year, and it gives us hope. This is our chance to move into deeper ministry, buff up family relationships or lose that weight we keep talking about. We say, “Now I’m focused. I’m serious – this time I mean it. I’m gonna lose 20 pounds, get up earlier and pray every morning (in fact, I can pray while I’m on the exercycle). I’ll read my Bible more, eat less and maybe even take a class or two. I’m going to be all that God wants me to be!”

God desires to bless us, and this is all good. But is it His best?

Why do we always focus on “me” at times like this? I will … ” “My pledge is … ” “Oh God, change me!”

What about those who have nothing right now? The millions of people right here in our own country who are struggling to survive; to hold their families together; to fight addiction, hopelessness and homelessness. What about them?

Not to mention the billions who inhabit this ball we call Earth, who have never heard of Jesus. They may see God all around them, but they don’t know the Way, the Truth and the Life. How will they hear unless you tell them?

Yeah, you!

You see, it shouldn’t be about us – about you or me. The Gospel is and always has been about them. Jesus didn’t come to serve himself, or to accomplish some grand strategy to become the best God he could be. What are we doing? Why do we always want to become better Christians? And how do we do that anyway?

I submit that we’re called to follow. Just follow …

Matthew 19:21“Jesus said to him, ‘If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.'”

Gaza

Suffering in Gaza

To see how you can make a difference this year, go to the ACT page of this blog. If you’re serious about following Jesus, there are countless ways to share His love with those in need – you’ll find many of them here.

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Posted on January 1, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. A RESOUNDING YES TO ALL OF THE ABOVE MR. HENSLEY.

    Especially in light of the comments just recently made by the “christian, chosen, saved, blessed and highly favored” Pat Robertson !!!!!

  2. Michael Hensley

    Newmission writes “I will not continue to align myself with the mass that qualify themselves as chosen, saved, blessed and highly favored.”

    So, unchosen, unsaved, not blessed and unfavored then??

  3. Thank you for your ACT page, brother Dennis.
    You continue to be used as a servant and help to so many of us.

  4. Dennis,

    This post has caused me to ponder much this Holiday Season. I must admit that the pondering has caused me to surrender, give-up and throw in the towel. As I read current writings from men who seem to create an atmosphere for what is ahead, I find it to be unchanged and self serving. Terms such as pursuing, claiming ‘my’ inheritance and becoming a better believer, in order to ‘usher’ in some kind of move of God seems selfish in light of the facts that you have posted about those in need and those who have never heard the Good News.

    Thus, I will not continue to align myself with the mass that qualify themselves as chosen, saved, blessed and highly favored.

    As I was considering your comment on resolutions I found myself thinking of baggage that I have accumulated this past year, and that I refuse to take it with me into the next. Garbage and junk that has lived ‘rent free’ in my mind has been evicted, never to return. Garbage that seems on the outside to have some redeemable substance to it, yet stinks at the core.

    I surrender. Call me a lost cause if you may, but I say better to be lost in the wilderness of life serving those who are forsaken than to be found following the self interest of ‘church’ officers or working some kind of ‘self-help’ program that finds shelter under the umbrella of ‘ministry’.

    Kahlil Gibran

    No man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.

    The teacher who walks in the shadow of the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather of his faith and his lovingness.

    If he is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.

    The astronomer may speak to you of his understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding.

    The musician may sing to you of the rhythm which is in all space, but he cannot give you the ear which arrests the rhythm nor the voice that echoes it.

    And he who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight and measure, but he cannot conduct you thither.

    For the vision of one man lends not its wings to another man.

    And even as each one of you stands alone in God’s knowledge, so must each one of you be alone in his knowledge of God and in his understanding of the earth.

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