“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? – unless indeed you are disqualified.” (2 Cor. 13:5 NKJV)
We are at the beginning of a new year and now is the appropriate time to look back and assess our individual performance in the outgoing year as it relates to our various relationships. For us to do this effectively and also to reposition ourselves in the incoming year, we must not fail to recognize that God’s plan for our lives is tied to time (Luke 13:7).
God expects us at this time to reflect and properly assess our performance in the outgoing year and score ourselves; to be able to be repositioned for the new year otherwise the outcome of the result for 2018 can be predicted judging from the result of 2017. God has made investments in our lives, but will God receive a good return from His investments in our lives upon His return (Luke 13:6)?
In 2017, did you flourish and grow, spiritually, financially, in your marriage, in your work place and even in your relationship among those around you? The outcome of your answers to these questions is a reflection and mirror of your relationship with God during the said period. For if we judge ourselves, we would not be judged (1 Cor. 11:31).
In 2018, we must not only learn to activate the mind of Christ within us (1 Cor. 2:16) but must also renew our mind (Rom. 12:2) by continuously feeding our inner man with the word of God, to guarantee the prosperity of our soul, if we want to prosper in all things in the new year (3 John 2).
God’s assessment of our performance in 2018 will be based not only on the hearing but also in the doing of His word (James 1:22-23), for if the foundation be destroyed, what can the righteous do in 2018 (Ps. 11:3)?
In 2018, God is giving us another opportunity to improve and excel in every area of our lives (Luke 13:9), but are we prepared, ready and willing to submit our lives to God, as a living sacrifice (Rom. 12:1)? Are we willing and ready to carry out the thoughts of God as it concerns us, using the mind of Christ, which enables us to share and partake in God’s vision and plan for us in 2018 (Jer. 29:11).
God has given us a fertile soil for our spiritual growth, and now is the time to take advantage of what Jesus Christ has done for us (Luke 13:8), and this also includes areas in 2017 where we excelled for us to even perform better in 2018.