The New Year is a time of hope and anticipation, where we set resolutions and goals. But so often, we don't take the time to pause and reflect on what's important. With all the hustle and bustle of modern life, we can easily forget to turn our minds and hearts to God. A meaningful way to start the year can be to focus on Philippians 3:12-14, a powerful scripture passage that encourages us to become more like Christ.
The apostle Paul exhorts the Philippians by reminding them that the path to true freedom lies in forgetting the things behind us, pressing forward, and striving to grow in our relationship with Christ. "Not that I have already obtained all this," Paul writes, "or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
What an incredible reminder that our goal in life is to press on, strive forward, and become more like Christ each day! This can be a challenging resolution, but with God's strength, we can make it our focus in the new year and all the years to come. Every day, we can turn to God in prayer and thank God for God's grace, strength, and loving-kindness.
Let's make 2023 a year of growth and focus on our relationship with Christ!
Danny C. Murphy
Rev. Dr. Danny Murphy, SR.
The ultimate aim of Trinity Presbytery is to equip and empower our member congregations to become communities of faith, hope, love, witness and service, so that those who do not know Jesus might come to know, love and serve him and so that those who do know Jesus might come to love him more intimately and serve him more faithfully.