Fresh Hope – 20th December 2019

As we approach this Christmas time, think about what you’re putting value on, because it determines whether you will end up feeling disappointed or encouraged. As we fast approach 2020, let’s be aware again that whatever we put value on will determine whether the year is a triumphant success or again a disappointing let down.

In 2 King 17:15, we read ‘They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless.’

Whatever you value in life, attaches a value or meaning to your own self worth. If all you dream about and work towards is for example holidays, you will feel good or bad dependant on that. Ultimately when the very temporary holiday is over, you feel empty.
Here’s some great words to help us approach Christmas and 2020:

John 1:9-12 | NIV
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.

The more we learn to put our value on Jesus, the more worth we feel in ourselves! As it states ‘children of God!’

Our family and friends are great blessings, but they aren’t the meaning of life; if your children are your sole focus, you will forever be disappointed and will end up feeling worthless.

Houses, jobs and holidays are great as well. But if they are your primary dream of 2020, you will judge 2020 based on these and ultimately end up struggling for meaning as you become as worthless as the idols you pursue.

Today in all the busy Christmas preparations and excitement, let’s focus on these words of Jesus in John 6:35 ‘Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”

Let’s realign our hearts today, let’s not put our hope in creation but the creator, let’s not seek blessings but the one who blesses.

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

Let’s make sure today we choose to give our primary attention and value to Jesus, and in doing so we will become of all value ‘children of God’.

Luke Cartwright

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