The year of 2014 is almost gone. By the time you read this it will probably already be past.
I have no idea about what your goals or plans are for the New Year. No doubt you probably have some things you would like to do this next year.
I can only say that I hope that this is the year that you are ready to meet God. I do not wish the worst, but it could happen. Many stepped into eternity last year and many had no idea that it would be their last.
It is for this reason that the text verse says "now is the day of salvation." You see, none of us know when our day has come.
Because Christ is my Savior, I know where I will be if death should come my way. It will happen when He is ready.
I hope you have the same confidence. It is not a confidence in good works, or because of certain achievements, or because of being "religious," but one based on what Christ has done for me. He paid for all my sins and He has forgiven me.
If you do not yet know Christ as your personal Savior, why not tell Him you are sorry for your sin and rebellion and ask Him to save you right now? Why go another year without knowing for sure?
At the start of the New Year, 2015, you could be sure that your sins are forgiven, Christ is in your heart and life, and He has given you eternal life and salvation.
Wouldn't it be good to start a new year as a new person in Christ? You can not only know His forgiveness and cleansing, but you can also experience His guidance in your life, and strength to overcome sin and life's difficulties that we all face.
In closing, let me say that it is good to have Christ as your Savior. It is a real joy – one that the world can never know.
For the saved individual, David said it well when he wrote: "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul..." (Psalm 23:1-3).
If you already are a believer in Christ, have you determined to make this a year to serve Him better than ever?
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