The imperfect Old Testament priesthood prepares the way for Jesus, as our High Priest.
The year is almost over, and 2015 is almost here. Before we move on, let's take a moment to reflect on 2014. Looking back on the year, there was a lot that made the headlines: the terrible persecutions of Christians in Iraq, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the violence of Ferguson, Missouri, and the continued challenge of racism in our country.
How was this past year for you, personally? I don't mean just the stuff that happened to you, but how did you live your life this past year? How did you do in the relationships God has given you? As a parent, or a spouse, or a child? Did you honor those he placed in authority over you? Were your relationships characterized by service or by selfishness? How did you steward the resources and opportunities that God gave you? How did you respond to the hardships God brought into your life? How did you respond to blessing? Did you make good use of the time and talents God has given you?
It's one thing for us to think through these questions and decide how we would answer them. It's another thing to have God give an assessment of our lives, even for just this past year. How would we do? Well, if you're anything like me, then you'll be relieved to know that it's 2015.
I think that's one of the reasons we celebrate New Year's: we love new beginnings. No matter how bad the past year was, a new year has come, and we anticipate a fresh start on things. So we make resolutions, set new goals for ourselves, and promise things will be different. Yet, year after year, we end up in the same place. We end the year knowing that we could've done better. Sure in the busyness of life, that easily gets drowned out. But it's in the quiet moments of life, when we take inventory of ourselves, ...
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Geoff Chang is an associate pastor at Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, OR.