Friday, January 2, 2009

Worthwhile ending the Old Year and starting the New Year in Church?

Every year there are a couple of traditions that are scrupulously followed. So 2009 was not different. On New Year’s Eve, people spend the rest of the seconds or even hours in a church because they want to end the Old Year and start the New Year with God. Great job; no problem at all! Then there are those with New Year resolutions. But before then there are many who have sent out peace and New Year wishes. This morning I will consider these three traditions so that you see the futility or utility in all that we do. There is a reason why despite us starting the year in church that year did not bring us any good. Do you want me to tell you why?
What is the need of wishing someone you do not want to see or smell a happy New Year? There are some people you wished “Happy 2008” but until the year elapsed, you neither spoke with them nor try to enquire how the year was going for them. Then this year you are doing the same tradition sending cards, emails and text messages. Wilt thou know, O vain man or woman, that faith without works is dead? Why do people wish someone they have been quarrelling with peace without extending a hand of peace in the New Year? Wouldn’t the peace start from them?
One common tradition that the majority does is going into the church to start the year. First let me state that with the death of Jesus the temple of God shifted from a building to the human body. Thus the best way is to dedicate or rededicate for those who have not done that your body. The church is supposed to be clean but you and I know that nowadays the church is more a den of thieves; looking to pilfer and swindle from you rather than seek to safe your soul from damnation. Your house could be holier than the church. It would even be nice to stay at home with your family and pray to God because you know how you live but you do not know how the next person lives. You repent of your sins but the next person may not be willing and their presence is merely hindering prayers because “if I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me” (Ps 66;18).
Therefore, call your enemies and apologize to them. Tell them if you wronged them they should forgive you. Write down a list of your peccadilloes and shortcomings of 2008, then confess and determine to forsake them so you could obtain mercy. If you want all other things to be added unto you this 2009, then you must seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness.
You and I know it is no righteousness to seize someone’s husband or wife. There is no righteousness in not talking with your parents for years because you are mad. Where is the righteousness in stealing from your neighbor and sending him on retirement with nothing? Would you tell me the righteousness in doing drugs? So do you see why the previous years though we started them in church but brought us no peace and happiness?
We have been trekking too far to search, seek or knock on doors for things that are beside us. Every year you made 20 New Year resolutions but each year finishes with you on number 4. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him (Ps 34:9). I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread (Ps 37:25). And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life (Mk 10:29-30).
Until then, seek God; the Giver of 2009 and your year will be wonderful.

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