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Last week we began a new series called “NEXT”. As we enter a new year, it gives people a time for a mental re-start. You’re not really that different than you were a few weeks ago, but if you decide to be different from today forward, you can change your life. And the start of a new year sometimes gives us that hope, that determination to make those changes. In our first sermon we dealt with the main obstacle that can get in our way… and I called it “The problem of ME”. We want to move forward with our lives but WE are often also the ones holding ourselves back. We looked at how God’s forgiveness is for everyone and that all a person has to do is ask for it. All we must do to have a home in heaven is place our faith in Him. And once we do, we must allow Christ to not only forgive us but to help us move forward. Jesus wants to move past our mistakes so He can take our life and do something great with it. But if we hold on to the idea that we can’t escape our past, WE become what holds us back from grabbing on to what’s NEXT.
So if you’ve made the commitment to ask God to forgive you, and then you’ve accepted the fact – absolute fact – that when God forgives you He wants you to put it in the past, now you’re asking “So what really is NEXT for me?” I want to move forward but I don’t know where or how. If God would only point me in the right direction.
I think a lot of our problem with direction comes from the fact that our target changes. Today we want to fix this part of our life. Tomorrow a different part. Then our location moves around. Either we’ve moved closer to God, or usually, circumstances or choices have moved us further away. Now instead of being 1 degree off center, we’re 10 degrees off. The changes in our life that would have put us on course last year aren’t adequate for where we’re at now.
So how do we find direction on what God wants us to do?
We must first make sure we have a stationary target that we’re aiming for, and the only way to do that is to forget about achieving our individual goals until we’ve begun striving for the ones God has already laid out in front of us.
Proverbs 3: 5-6
Romans 12: 1-2
Matthew 25: 14-30
Psalm 119: 1-8