Greetings to all the KGH blog readers and welcome to 2018.
There used to be a slogan – New Year, New You. I can’t really remember what the slogan was attached to, but the phrase has stuck in my mind. Many people see the start of a new year as an opportunity for a new start. New lifestyle? New diet? New relationship? New hairstyle/makeover? All these are considered and discussed. I suppose that the idea is that we must shake off the shackles of the old year. We must forget the misfortunes of the past and focus on the possibilities for something better in the future. However, as the month progresses, I wonder how many of the best laid plans will still be followed, and how much optimism there will be once the holiday period is history and we are back to the routines of life.
But what do all these failed resolutions and plans of the past tell us? They tell us what we are really like. Even if you’re still sticking to your resolution in a week or a month's time and achieving some success in whatever it is, there is still the lesson of what we can hope to achieve. The best we can achieve will still leave us short of God’s standard for our life. We may be able to lose the most weight and achieve our target. We may be able to change jobs and have a really successful and prosperous career. We may be able to turn our life around and become the best partner, parent, or friend anyone could want. However, we can never reach God’s standard of perfection. The Bible says we are sinners – all of us. We need God’s salvation and blessing to fit us for heaven.
What we seek to tell our readers through this blog is that God has provided a Saviour and a way of salvation. All we have to do is admit that we are sinners and accept God’s gift of salvation through faith in His Son. As the Lord Jesus Christ died some 2000 years ago outside the city of Jerusalem, He died there for your sin and mine. God judged His Son for our sin. However, the importance of that sacrifice of Jesus Christ can only be applied if we accept it and believe it was for us. Salvation is not automatic. It requires my faith, my willingness to accept it. Will you? That would make 2018 a New Year – the start of a new, Christian life!