Existing with New Year’s Goals
How is your New Year going, are you just existing day-to-day or are you meeting all your goals and really living life to the fullest? The Statistic Brain website says that only 45% of people even make statements of change for the New Year but even more staggering is that of the 45% only 8% are successful.Â (2015 Statistic Brain Research Institute, publishing as Statistic Brain, 2015) So with only 51 weeks left in the year you must strive to do more than just finding yourself existing through life with no positive changes.
Did you make resolutions or set goals for the New Year? Want to know why so many of these goals end up in failure? Dr. Joseph Luciani, says that the goals that fail are the ones that have no plan in place to deal with the stress of change as the plan only contained the good intention to change. (Luciani, 2015) Stress becomes the catalyst for failure and the primary way to overcome this is through self-discipline. Unfortunately, we are not born with self-discipline we have to work for it and the only way to do that is through achieving one goal at a time. According to Dr. Luciani the way to move beyond just existing with the stress of change is to simply recognize we need to endure through it.
As we contemplate existing with life and changes we must first look to the one who is and has always been with us, Christ. Jesus is the ultimate example of self-discipline and enduring what He did simply to save us. As we look at why He would do so we have to be even more inÂ aweÂ with the knowledge that Christ existed from before the beginning.
Although we have just celebrated the birth of Christ as He was born unto the earth we must recognize that He was not created at this time. He was existing from the beginning with God as He is a form of God. The focus verse this week comesÂ from the gospel of John emphasizes the existing of Christ from before time begins. This gospel parallels the majestic creation of the earth and Christ’sÂ position at that time.
Jesus wasn’t suddenly created and brought to earth for He was already in existence from the beginning. This is why it is so important to understand that when we live in fellowship with Christ, we live in fellowship with God. The gospel of John calls Christ the ”Word” and clearly states that the ”Word” already existed prior to the beginning or the awesome creation of the world. Jesus is not included in the created things. He does not begin in the manger or even with the joyful announcement from Gabriel, Christ begins in eternity. Â He, the ”Word” is the same as God in being and character. They are separate and not same but they are one existing together. When we look to the face of Christ we look to the face of God. To know more about God is to listen to Christ. For us to live our lives existing for God is to live our lives existing with Christ.
He existed in the beginning with God. John 1:2 (NLT)
Existing with Christ
When you decide to live your life existing with Christ you are committing to say that Christ is part of God. The importance of holding a relationship with Christ is that it provides the way to have a relationship with the most Holy God. Christ is part of God and He is not something that suddenly came to be just to help God’s people out. It is important to believe that Christ was existing with God prior to the beginning. Why would God leave heaven to come to earth, there is only one answer that can be derived, because He loves you that much and provided for you the ultimate gift.
Just before Christmas one year, Agu, an African boy, listened carefully as his teacher told how Christians give presents to each other on Christmas day. She told them that the gift is a thoughtful expression of joy over the birth of Jesus and the friendship for the giver and receiver.
When Christmas day came, Agu brought the teacher a seashell of incredible beauty. She asked, ”Where did you ever find such a beautiful shell? The boy told her that there was only one spot where such extraordinary shells lie. When Agu named the bay several miles away, the teacher was left without words. ”Oh my goodness, how wonderful, but you shouldn’t have gone all that way for a gift for me.”
The boy’s eyes suddenly lit up and he announced, ”Long walk part of gift.” adapted fromÂ (Jaynes, 2001)
God came all the way from heaven to a lowly manger and from the manger to a cross. From the cross he went to the grave to once again return to heaven. Why would He do such a thing for you? Just like the boy, ”Long walk part of gift.”
Christ wants more than for you to exist in life, He wants you to live existing with Him. Existing with Christ means you acknowledge that Christ is a form of God. Existing with Christ means your total focus becomes centered on him and you live your life according to how he lived striving each day to follow Christ’s teaching and God’s will. You do this because of all that he does for you.
Once there was an ancient king who lived in Persia that liked to disguise himself as one of his subjects. One day he dressed as a poor man and descended the long flight of dark and damp stairs to the tiny cellar where seated upon ashes was the fireman, tending the furnace. The king sat down beside him and began to talk. At the meal time the fireman produced some coarse black bread and a jug of water and they ate and drank together.
The king went away but returned again and again for his heartÂ filled with sympathy for the lonely man. They became very good friends as time passed. At last the king thought, ”I’ll tell him who I am, and see what gift he will ask.” The king did just that and felt astonishmentÂ that the fireman didn’t ask for a thing. He said, ”Don’t you realize that I can give you anything; a city, a throne, or even all the riches you can imagine?” The man gently replied, ”I understand your Majesty but you have already given me the greatest gift a man could receive. You left your palace to sit with me in this dark and lonely place. You could give nothing more precious. You have given yourself and that is far more than I could ever deserve.”
Christ came to earth and existed among us in our dark and lonely place because He loves us and hasÂ concernÂ for us. We are challenged in our comprehension and knowledge to accept and put out our full faith being convicted in the knowledge that Christ existed with God in the beginning. Motivation of belief comes from knowing that God made a long trip and sat with us in order for a relationship to be developed with Him. Existing with God now will allow us to exist with Him eternally.Â Existing with Christ everyday secures our goals for the future. Click To Tweet
Love in Christ,
Credits 2015 Statistic Brain Research Institute, publishing as Statistic Brain. (2015, December 27). New Years Resolution Statistics - Statistic Brain. Retrieved January 8, 2016, from http://www.statisticbrain.com: http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/Â Jaynes, S. (2001). Celebrating a Christ-Centered Christmas. Chicago: Moody Press. Luciani, J. (2015, December 29). Health and Wellness - Why 80 Percent of New Year's Resolutions Fail. Retrieved from US News and World Report: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/blogs/eat-run/articles/2015-12-29/why-80-percent-of-new-years-resolutions-fail
What are your thoughts? Join Us in Discussion
Are you existing with God in your current life? Do you struggle with your goals of the future? Do you recognize that Christ existed with God in the beginning? Join us in discussion on Christ in the beginning and how existing with Him secures your goals for the future.