As we begin the new year and our thoughts turn to what this year may hold, it is vitally important that we re-submit our hearts to our Lord Jesus and to His plan for our lives. As Lord of our lives it is He alone who has the right to set the agenda for our year. While only God knows what the future holds, we can gain insight into His desires for our future by examining His Word. In the Scripture, we discover that the ultimate will of God for our lives is to conform us to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29). Therefore, we know that the character we see displayed in the life of Jesus is the character that God is seeking to develop in us through the power of the Holy Spirit.
First and foremost, we see in Matthew 20:26-28 that the heart of Jesus is that of a servant. Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Though we know from Scripture that God has great plans for our lives within His kingdom work, we must be careful to not let the world’s standard for greatness cloud our understanding of God’s will. In Luke 14 we are told that Jesus was eating at the home of a prominent religious leader when He noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table. He then proceeded to reprimand them for doing so. He finished with the following statement: “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." (v.11)
While the world’s philosophy may be to focus on seeking honor for ourselves at all costs, God’s design is that we do the exact opposite, that is, we seek to serve and not to be served. We seek to meet other’s needs and not continually look to others to meet our needs. We must understand that even though our lives here on earth may seem insignificant in the world’s eyes, if we are seeking to please our Lord Jesus, He will transform them into significant lives in His eyes. We must remember that what God is doing through our lives will not always be evident here on earth. In fact, it is likely that most of what God has accomplished through our lives will not be revealed until after we pass on into eternity. Think about the life of the widow in Mark 12:41-44 who gave all she had to live on to the temple offering. Although her life was overwhelmingly insignificant in the world’s eyes, Jesus used it to teach a profound truth to His disciples for centuries.
Before we plunge headlong into the year 2017, why don’t we take some time to re-commit our lives to God’s plan. To acknowledge that He is Lord and He has the right to place us wherever He so chooses. May the Lord Jesus be glorified in our lives this year!