Summary: The New Year is a time for starting over and Paul’s story gives us some guidelines
Wow 2008, the first Sunday of a brand new year. How many people stayed up to welcome the New Year in? And with a new year come commitments to change our lives to make things better or at least different. I don’t know what your resolutions might be but here are some reflections from off the street.
I would suspect that there have been a pile of New Year’s resolutions made in the past week and if the truth was known there have probably been a pile of New Year’s resolutions broken in the past week.
We have probably all verbally or silently, publicly or privately resolved to do something different this year then we did last year. Some will finally decide to give up the demon tabbacy, other’s myself included have decided to do battle with a more acceptable vice and that is food. You ever notice that the Christian argument against smoking and drinking: they are addictive and harm the temple of the Holy Spirit, i.e. our bodies, don’t seem to hold water for gluttony. Interesting.
You say Pastor the reason I’m overweight is that I have a glandular problem. Me too, if you consider the mouth a gland. Actually I decided a long time ago that I’m not overweight I’m under tall so my New Years Resolution is to get taller in 2008.
So what are your resolutions for 2008? Big, little, practical, impractical, what have you decided to change about your life in the next twelve months? On December 31st of this year will you be the same person you are now? A better person? Or a worse person? Will you have won a victory over some area of your life or will you have gone down to defeat? I want to go on record right now as saying I believe you can do it. And I know that you are sitting there thinking “But Denn you don’t even know what I’m struggling with.” You’re right, I don’t, but I know my God and I know that he can give you victory. Do you believe that? Do you believe that you are a partner in faith with the Almighty God?
Do you remember what Gabriel told Mary in Luke 1:37? That’s right, “For nothing is impossible with God.” And if nothing is impossible with God then all things will be possible with God.
Have you ever heard the phrase “A Damascus Road Experience”? It comes from the scripture that was read earlier in the service. I went online and discovered this definition of a Damascus Road Experience from Wisegeek.com: Common language has adopted this story to allude to the possibility that a person’s fundamental outlook on life could be utterly changed in a single moment.
Now understand this isn’t simply changing your mind, it is a radical change usually for the better that dramatically changes a person’s life. “You know I never really liked Milli Vanilli but after hearing Girl You Know It’s True it was good bye Boy George.” That’s not a Damascus Road Experience.
On the other hand, if you were a Leafs fan all your life and then one day in a single moment of clarity you realized that perhaps the team you actually needed to align yourself with lay further to the east, that would be a Damascus Road Experience.