You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody.

Bob Dylan, “Gotta Serve Somebody,” 1979

Each year about this time I take a moment to reflect on the past year and make resolutions for the new year.  And this time around it's no different.  Sort of...

2012 was, to quote from the opening sentence of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, “…the best of times…the worst of times.”  But why dwell on the negative, I say.  By faith we agree with Paul that “…God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8.28).  And then after making mentioned that we were predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ he adds, …if God is for us, who is against us.” (Romans 8.31).  So, even the seemingly bad stuff is in reality all good stuff—from the perspective of faith, that is.

2013 is a mystery to me.  In my quiet time this morning I asked God, “Is this the year You will take me home?”  Not that I’m asking Him to give me an answer, mind you, just one of those quiet, reflective moments even guys like me have now & then.  And if there’s ever a good time for a quiet, reflective moment, then New Year’s should be it (I’ll be glad when this day’s over so that I can get back to my old ornery self). 

Unlike previous years this year I did not make out a detailed list of resolutions.  Instead I resolve to do one thing only this year—to be a good servant of Christ (and everything that goes with it, of course).  I’ve been reading, studying, and meditating on the Gospel of Matthew for about 2 years and am up to chapter 26 now.  Last month while reading through the Parable of the Ten Talents and the description of The Judgment in chapter 25 I was convicted of my need to be a better servant to Christ.  It made me think that I should not be satisfied with what I already do but that out of a love for Christ and His church I should serve with a greater degree of love and devotion to Christ.  As Christ told His disciples, “So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.'” (Luke 17.10)  Not much wiggle room for pride and self-satisfaction there!

I’ll be teaching on the topic of being a good servant to Christ and His Church later this month.  Please pray that I would convey my message well.

Oh, the Bob Dylan song, “Gotta Serve Somebody”…  Mr. Dylan recorded this song in 1979 during his “Jesus years,” as some refer to it.  Not sure where Bob is now (spiritually speaking, that is) but it’s a good song all the same.  Here’s a link to a clip of it: 

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God bless!  ¡Prospero Año Nuevo!