The door to 2015 has closed, and the door to 2016 has been opened. As Christ followers, no matter what 2015 contained...success, failure, joy, hurt, etc...we should be thankful to God for never leaving us nor forsaking us. And as we move forward into 2015, we should be thankful to God for what He is going to do to us and through us! Our God is great, and His will and His way for us is better than any will or way we could have for ourselves.
One of the things that you will hear a lot over the next few days or weeks is the phrase, "New Year's Resolutions." Many people have already made a list of things they will do or things they will not do. The plan is to be a "better" person or to be the "best" person. I want to challenge you, Christ follower, don't simply try to be a "better" you or even the "best" you. Rather, completely surrender to God and be obedient to His will and His way in your life. God has given us everything we need to be victorious Christ followers in the world that we live. Jesus came and lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death, and conquered sin and death through His glorious resurrection! The victory that Jesus had in the wilderness over temptation and Satan was the beginning of victory that He would continuously have...and it is the victory that He secured for His faithful followers! His victory is our victory! As Christ followers, we don't have to live in the shadow of death. We don't have to live in bondage to self and to sin. We don't have to live in fear of Satan or the temptations he throws at us. We are children of God! We are co-heirs with Christ! We are more than conquerors through Christ who loves us! Our victory is in Jesus, and our victory is complete! Don't make 2016 about a list that contains "do this" or "don't do this." Make 2016 about Jesus and about what He has already done, what He continues to do, and what He will do for His followers! Instead of trying to be a "better" you or a "best" you, just be an obedient you...obedient to God who has overwhelmingly poured out His grace and His mercy and His love upon you!