This New Year can be one of hope. Hope is not just wishing for something. If we possess something or can obtain it on our own, we don’t hope for it. Paul wrote, “But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?” Jesus is the Hope of salvation and heaven. We can’t achieve salvation or heaven without acceptance of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. It’s not something we can earn on our own, it’s God’s gift to us. It’s God’s desire that all people come to know Him as Savior. Peter said, “He is patient with us, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9). So moving forward this year may mean putting our Hope in Jesus rather than in ourselves. It may mean leaving something behind or turning from sin to a life of repentance. So, like Paul, forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead, press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called (you) heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Read: Romans 5:1-2, 5, 11; Philippians 3:13-14, 18-21; Isaiah 40:31