How Did We Treat The Last Year?

So… as this year winds down to a close… what are our thoughts…? –Our thoughts concerning, no, not how the year treated us, but how we treated the year? –The people we encountered? –The assignments the Lord gave us? –The temptations that came our way? — The opportunities offered? In short: How did we react to 2009? — Every day of it?

I hope that we can look back and already have the assurance in our hearts that we reacted to it all exactly as the Lord’s ambassador should have…

That “in everything that happened, we conducted ourselves in a manner worthy of the Gospel of Christ.” (See Phil. 1:27)

That in “whatever we did, whether in word or deed, we did it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (See Col. 3:17)

That we “watched our life and doctrine closely” (see 1 Tim. 4:16) testing both constantly against Scripture study and guidance from the Holy Spirit.

That we “devoted ourselves to prayer, to being watchful [spiritually wise and discerning] and to thankfulness.” (See Col. 4:2)

That we presented “the Gospel not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.” (See 1 Thes. 1:5)

That “we took every thought captive to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5), as well as our every word, action, attitude, emotion, plan, decision, and prayer –constantly.

That we were careful “to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.” (Rom. 16:19)

That with His “divine power we demolished strongholds and arguments and every pretension that set itself up against the knowledge of God.” (See 2 Cor. 10:4,5)

That we “did not seek to win the approval of men, but of God… for if we were still trying to please men, we would not be servants of Christ.” (See Gal. 1:10)

That “we spoke as men approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel, not trying to please men but God… nor looking for praise from men…” (See 1 Thes. 2:4,6)

That “we did not give in to them [false brothers –v. 4) even for a moment, so that the truth of the Gospel might remain…” (See Gal. 2:5)

That we “set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in purity.” (1 Tim. 4:12)

That we did our “best to present ourselves to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of Truth.” (See 2 Tim. 2:15)

That we “loved God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourself” (see Mark 12:30,31), and that we did not love the world or its things. (1 John 2:15)

Well, we could go on evaluating how we treated the year and the details of our reactions to what came our way, but we also could just ask ourselves in summary, “Did we strive for perfection in the little things?” Because that is how we will train ourselves in fulfilling Jesus’ command in Matt. 5:48, “Be perfect, therefore, even as your Heavenly Father is perfect.”

For every day, every year, we should all be pressing hard toward that perfection goal… Because we so want to please our God. Because to please Him is to love Him. And Jesus said that that is the greatest commandment.

with love,


~ by smilesback on December 30, 2009.

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