A Christian's Approach to the New Year
Sunday 6 January 2019
We thank Pastor David Weng for this week's good news. So it is a new year and we often take this opportunity to put the old year away and prepare for what is to come.
Pastor David chose Psalm 90 to teach us an important way we can prepare, not only for a new year but for every minute, every day, every year to come. He shared an anecdote with us about a trip to a cathedral in Milan. There are three arches there with quotes written above them:

  • Arch 1: All that pleases but for a moment.
  • Arch 2: All that troubles but for a moment.
  • Arch 3: All that is important is eternal.
It's not about you, it's about God.

Psalm 90 is a prayer by Moses as he reflected on the Israelite's 40 years wandering in the desert. He speaks about becoming wise by thinking deeply about God. God is our home. God is eternal. God cares about what we are and what we do and, as a result, there are clear and painful consequences of sin. 40 years suffering seems extreme to we mortals. Consider how long God has suffered witnessing his children wandering?

As Christians, we have the opportunity to acknowledge God's graciousness of sending us a Messiah, a teacher, a guide and a gateway to come to him. God mercifully sent His Son to die on the cross for our sins so that if we are wise and choose wisely we can have salvation and join Him.

One of the ten commandments compels us to love our neighbour as God loves us. Sharing the good news shows our commitment to becoming closer to God and "paying it forward". The Bible tells us that "doing" the good news is what God wants from us. Reflecting on God and praying will help us on this path.

Author: Stan Williams
Photography: Stan Williams