2017 is officially in full swing! The start of a new year is always full of excitement and anticipation for what’s to come. Whether it’s going back to school after a much-needed Christmas break, getting back to work, or just getting back into your daily routine, there is something exciting about starting fresh!
We’re looking forward to 2017 to be a year filled with God’s blessings. However, as disciples of Jesus, we know that following Him this year won’t always be easy. Living life for the Lord can sometimes come with a call that’s difficult to follow. Between sharing the Gospel, serving others, striving to keep His commandments, and doing our best in school or our careers, following God’s will in our life may seem overwhelming!
So, how can we as Christians live up to our calling without feeling stressed, discouraged, or overwhelmed?
There’s a simple answer– we can’t do it on our own! We must learn to be dependent on Christ.
Isaiah 40:30-31 says: “Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
Because of our human nature, we’re unequipped to live out our purpose without Jesus walking beside us every step of the way. When we lean on Him for strength, He empowers us to do more than we ever could on our own–filling us with peace and confidence in the process.
We don’t have to be perfect to be a disciple. Instead, we just have to call on the Lord for His strength when we feel weak. Here’s what the Apostle Paul says about God’s power in us:
“And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Take some time today to think about what specific areas of your life you can call on God for strength and bring it to Him in prayer.