Here we go again — another year finished, and a new year before us. But we’re not just passing the time. God has revealed himself to us in his Word as the eternal and unchanging God, three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, existing together in one being.
I am amazed at how his “diversity of persons” in “unity of being” is reflected in things like marriage, family, the church, and the universe itself with all of its variety and yet shared unity. God reveals himself as a trinity, reflecting relationships within that trinity that are complimentary, subordinate, and independent of the need for outside help (Rom 11:33-36).
Our creation by God, and re-creation by the Gospel allows us to participate in his life. The purpose of our life together is to know him and to find the meaning and motive of all of our moments and years in relationship with him and one another.
It is God’s relational differentiation within the singular being of God that has reached out to us and included us in his eternal plan and purposes. This reaching out involved the Father’s gift of his Son, and the Son’s giving his life for us, and the Spirit’s sealing us for the day of redemption.
So this year will not be exactly like last year, or like the year after this one. This year will have its own unique challenges and opportunities. We will live it one minute at a time. That means we will have 525,960 minute-sized opportunities to enjoy and honor Jesus Christ this year. I’m looking forward to it!
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is (Ephesians 5:15-17)