Albert Einstein said that the definition of Insanity is ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.’ Now I don’t imagine many of us would consider ourselves insane, albeit many of us are certainly a bit peculiar. Yet, I can’t help but think that in a Spiritual sense Insanity might be a good way to categorize our Spiritual Lives.
Follow me through this thought if you would, most Christians see areas in their life that need to change. It could be that there’s an addiction to a particular sin, it could be that there is a prideful spirit; it could be that there is some sort of idolatry in your life. Or maybe the change that needs to happen revolves more around the things that you should be doing, but you aren’t. You aren’t practicing evangelism, you aren’t spending time in God’s word on a regular basis, your prayer life is shallow, there are very few ways your serving the Lord, etc. We could continue for the examples are many, but hopefully the point is made that every one of see ways in our lives to that we need to change to make us the people that God has called us to be.
My question is what are you going to do about it? 2017 brings many new opportunities, for you and for me and for this church, but if we are not careful 2017 will be just like 2016. If we aren’t careful we will live the same way in 2017 that we did in 2016, and therefore we will see no real growth in our lives. You may say we are caught in a rut, you may say we are being complacent, call it what you want; but until we get intentional about honoring God with our lives nothing is going to change.
I’m not talking about a new year’s resolution; I’m talking about a Spirit of fortitude and determination to make this year count. 365 days… you can waste them; or you can make the most out of them; the choice is yours!
Ephesians 4:22–24—“put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”