Friends: We are thinking about the incredible possibility that awaits us as we anticipate a brand new year — 2020. The expression “2020” reminds me of my first eye exam in high school — when I memorized the eye chart before going to the doctor’s! (I don’t know why). As we face this new year, we have the opportunity to use our EYES to become more like the Lord Jesus. We can study His life in the Scriptures. And, by God’s grace, become more conformed to His image.
Secondly, I want to focus on the truth that I am not to be conformed to the world! The expression “the world” is used in three ways in the Word: the planet, the people of the planet, or the pagan system opposing God and the things of God. It is in this third sense that the Jesus-follower should determine, “I will NOT let the world around me determine my life, set my priorities, rule my heart!”
The classic passage on this issue, of course, is Romans 12:1-2 where we read —
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.“
The third priority that should shape my vision for 2020 is a deep desire to get into God’s Holy Word! I’ve been recently going through the longest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 119. It extols God’s Word in many ways. As the apologist Francis Schaeffer put it, “God is there — and He is not silent!” He has communicated a great deal of information in His Word — and we neglect it to our peril!
Would you pray this prayer with me for 2020? “Lord, help me to love Your Word, to read Your Word, and to study Your Word much more intensely this year. Forgive my laziness and lack of discipline, Father. Guide me in setting specific goals for getting into Your Holy Word this year. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”