We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19
A new year is a fresh start, a new beginning, a chance to look at our lives and ask what we might do different. How will we change some things? How will we start some new, life-enriching process?
This is how will it all starts.
As believers, we know that when it comes to faithful practice, it all starts with Jesus. It began with a God whose desire was to create and live in connection with that creation. It began with a God who, through an incredible act of love, entered into this world and lived and breathed and taught and preached as a man. It began with a man calling out to others, asking them to become part of what he was doing, ordinary people like fishermen and tax collectors. It began with people, like you and me, going about their lives trying to do the best they could.
As he called out to those going about their routines, he calls to us, in the middle of going to school, working, raising kids, going to church, attending family functions, cooking dinner, going shopping, he calls to us in the ordinary things, wherever we are, to be a part of God’s continuous redemptive work, to love because he loves us.
Where there is pain, we work for healing. Where there is despair, we sow the seeds of hope. Where there is hate, we spread love. All of this is done for the sake of reaching lives for Jesus. It’s the ability he has given to us upon receiving his offer to follow, an invitation
offered to us every day. Along the way, we do well to remember that the only reason we have the capacity to do this is, at some point in our lives, Jesus reached out to us.
That’s how it all starts.
Just as it started for those original disciples called to join in the ministry of Christ, it was a fresh start, a new beginning, a line in the sand where life forever changed, not only for them, but us, too. In order to reach out to others, we must first recognize that Jesus reached out to us, and he’s still reaching out, even now.
Here, at the beginning of a new year, that’s how it all starts again.
— Trent Sessoms
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