I think the hardest part of starting a new year is leaving the past behind. A tendency to roll-over my past sins. My guilt. My failures as a believer. As a husband. New dad. I beat myself up about any and all of those in the name of becoming a better person. What’s more is that I hold the same things against those who committed them towards me. Can you relate to any of that? It’s hard to forget.
The problem with that kind of thinking is that the focus is on me, not Christ. It’s on what I have accomplished or desire to accomplish, not on what Christ has accomplished or His Glory. We swear fealty to our own power to change, to make new goals and accomplish them by our own might. And in fact, it is woven into our DNA.
We don’t just need a new year with new goals and a new way to deal with all of the roll-over trash we’ve accumulated.
We need a new approach.
We need a new allegiance.
We need a new life.
That’s something that Paul realized after he was converted.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul left behind in the flesh what could never gain him Christ: his own power and prestige, his glory. He did not focus on anything behind him, what he had accomplished on his own, how much ground he had covered. He destroyed the roll-over of his past life and charged head-first towards the God’s glory.
I believe for God to use us in 2017 will require a destruction of our glory in favor of His.