Original Tittle: “A New Year, but NOT of the Same”
Meet my senior pastor, Miguel Núñez. He wrote and posted this message on his blog. I took the time to translate it for those of you who are Christians, might be interested and don’t speak the language. It’s an awesome invitation to look at yourself in the mirror and find God’s glory in your reflection.
January 01, 2013
A new year has begun and another one has gone, the same way it happened one year ago. This has been happening for almost 20 centuries after the death of our Lord. We don’t know with certainty how did people, centuries past, make the transition, but today it’s frequent (at the end of each year) to listen and read new year resolutions from many; resolutions that were never met the previous year and most will never be met this year either. And we ask ourselves, why is this phenomenon keep on happening time and time again?
Sadly, humanity is filled with good intentions and little effort. Good intentions reveal to us that most know the truth. The lack of effort lets us see how many are not willing to pay the price needed to make that truth a reality in their lives. Resolutions made “in haste”, usually, do not come true and the ones relying purely on human effort do not surpass desire and good intentions.
Good resolutions, usually, are the product of profound reflection and, when that reflection turns into conviction, we see how frequently that person’s life changes. We need more people willing to reflect in the reality in which we’re living. Even Socrates, the great Greek philosopher, without knowing the God of the Bible, said this great truth: “An unexamined life is not worth living”. We, the ones who know we are His (God’s) handiwork, have greater and better reasons to think that way. If God made me, he must have had a purpose in particular. Have you reflected on this? Have you asked yourself seriously, what is your purpose in this life?
In Acts 13:36, we read “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed”. You need to find that purpose, because your sense of joy depends on fulfilling the purpose for which you were created. To be a doctor, lawyer, painter or else does not constitute your purpose in life. These are the instruments God used to fulfill His purpose in you.
Setting aside the nature of God’s purpose in your life, his Word reveals one that is universal for each and every one of His children. Peter tells us in his first letter (2:9) “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Do the people in your surroundings know of His virtues through you? Are they able to see those virtues reflected in you? Or, do the people surrounding you are less inclined to believe in the God you profess due to the way you live your life?
If we don’t ask ourselves these types of questions, we will always conclude that we’re fine, even if we’re not. To proclaim His virtues, to reflect them, requires intimate knowledge of who He is. That knowledge will keep on transforming us and (to know Him that way) requires musing learned truths and practicing what has been revealed to us in his Word.
Remember change requires reflection.
- Have you thought about how did or didn’t you change just hours ago?
- What prevented the changes God pointed out to you last year that need to be point out once again?
At the end of the road, the explanation is, you didn’t walk close enough to God throughout a whole year. I say that based on what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 3:18, “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate [a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
Notice how my transformation is supposed to occur: I’m transformed (passive voice): God does that in me. But I’m to play an active role. Which? To reflect, just like in a mirror, the glory of our Lord. The contemplation of that glory should produce changes in me. Moses spent 40 days in communion with God and his face was transformed completely up to the point that many couldn’t even look at him.
If you want to be transformed, you need to contemplate the glory of the Son revealed in His Word. When you do that, you’ll change gradually, from glory to glory, in such a way that you will not notice, but those around you will see how you have become a different person.
Nobody has been in the presence of God for some time and not experiment changes. God is such an extraordinary being that we cannot imagine a person, who has spent enough time with Him, be the same person he/she was before. When you spend time in the sun, your skin changes. When you spend enough time with the Son, your heart changes.