So, here we are, the final day of 2018. Another year in the books. If you have been able to keep up with the reading each day, at this point, you have read the entire Bible in less than 365 days, seeing as there weren’t any passages on Sundays. Now the question is, how will you apply all of it to your daily life? There is so much to read and try to apply from 66 total books. But, I think if you boil it down to just a few things that you can easily apply daily, the chapters for today give some great action steps to consider.
First, in Malachi, we read about the coming Messiah and his pending judgment on mankind. But those set aside, those who have remained faithful, will be His treasured possessions (3:17). Although we know that Jesus has once walked this Earth in physical form once already, we know that he is set to come again sometime down the road. And, because of our faith, we have hope because we are STILL His treasured possessions.
Second, in Psalm 150, we are reminded about God’s greatness and how we are to praise Him for all things. It reminds me of the video clip that Craig used for his Christmas Eve (and Christmas Eve Eve) sermon of treating everything as a gift. If we were to recognize that even the mundane things in our lives are gifts from God, then we would always give praise and thanks for those things. If you are like me, you tend to take things for granted because they have always been there. I’ve never known true hunger, or lacked clean drinking water, or electricity for more than a few hours. In modern times, people in their early 20s and younger have never known a time without the internet, or even smart phones. We just assume that we will have those things always, and sometimes forget that the fact that we have anything at all, even life itself, is a gift from God.
In Matthew, we read of the resurrection. This is the coup de grȃs, what defines us as Christians. With the resurrection, we have hope in something else beyond our bodily, earthly death. We will be restored and be with God in heaven without any of the things that bring us down here in our current lives. In the Great Commission at the end, we get our charge from Jesus as to what we are to do with our lives while we are physically here on Earth. To go and make disciples of the people that we come across in our lives. And we have nothing to fear, because Jesus is with us, until the end of the age.
So, there you have it. Three simple things to walk away with after a year of studying the whole Bible. Know that Jesus is coming again, and that we owe God our praise for everything we have every day, and we have so much to look forward to after this life.
Happy New Year to all of you.