2011 is coming to a close and 2012 is dawning upon us. The new year consists of 365 unused days [each with 24 hours or 1440 minutes]. What happens during this time depends on what we believe about God, those days, and ourselves.
We each have the same amount of time to invest in. What will we invest? How much will we invest? In whom we will invest? How long will we invest?
Some people expect 2012 to be a year of disasters and possibly the end of civilization. For those who believe that it may very well be the end for them. I would rather occupy until Jesus comes, then will be the end [Lk 19:13; 1 Cor 15:20-28].
Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” He said this in the context of investing. He is pointing out how our passions reveal what we value. One of my core values is arriving early to places I really want to be and with people I really want to see. Habitual tardiness, or arriving at the last minute not to be viewed as late can be an indication of our priorities and level of passion.
Jesus also said, “By your standard of measure it will be measured to you.” In other words, we determine the size of the return on our investment. The word standard is metron which means ‘an instrument for measuring and determining the quantity of things, setting a limit’. The word for measure is metreo and it means ‘to measure’.
Do we use a thimble, shovel, pickup truck, dump truck or one of those earth moving dump trucks to measure out our investments of time, talents and finances? Hey, we receive in the measure that we give, if not in this life for certain in the next.
In Psalm 78 we find this verse – “Yes, again and again they tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” What God’s people thought about themselves and their God determined the limits that God could work in their lives as well as the work they would do for God. The next verse gives us the reason – “They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy.”
Anytime God’s people reduce the importance of Him intervening powerfully in their lives they begin to diminish the potential for Him to work supernaturally on their behalf. This leads to compromise and worldliness in lifestyle and apostasy is not far away.
Next year has the potential to be our greatest year ever!
Let the people of God arise with greater faith in the God who is not limited by fluctuations of global governments and economies. Let God’s people arise in faith and move out into areas of impossibilities just so we can stand and see God move in on our behalf.
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is found in the last chapter of the Gospel of Mark – “And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying miraculous signs. Amen.”
It has been said we need to find out what God is doing and do that. That is great advice for the immature believer. The mature believer will be found doing what God said to do and He will come join in the fun [supernatural interventions].
For HIS Glory!
Dr. Kevin M. Drury