Sermon - Before and After

Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 10:30am

This morning we are on the verge of a new year.  It is a day to consider how the events and people of 2017 have changed us.

The perspective of our life journey is always Before and After.

In Galatians, Paul speaks about the circumstances of life before Christ.  This life was based in a strong system of legalism.  A burdensome condemning weight of sins, being beaten down by one's past mistakes and one attempts to right and correct the wrong one has made.

After the blessing of Christ, we have received an all access pass to the Grace that has freed us from sin and guilt.

There are two things we can do with the things that have come Before.  You can Remember it and pick out the lessons or you can forget it.  You can't reclaim it.  You can't go back, you can't fix it, you can't unsay it, you can't correct anything. 

There are also only two things you can do with the things that will come After.   You can accept it, face whatever comes passively, or you can attack it.  dive into it, and no matter what happens keep going.  There is no way to avoid it.    The new year is coming, and the possibilities are endless.

So rather than starting the New Year with a list of frustrating resolutions, let us begin the New Year with resolve.  That because Jesus has come into the world, has come into our lives, nothing will be the same.  The after effects of Jesus are love, joy, peace, and hope.  

Let us go into 2018 not with resolutions, but with the resolve to remember the lessons from Before.  

Go in with the resolve that if you can't change something, you will accept it.  And if you can change it, you will attack with all of yourself and keep at it until you get it the way you want it. 

Go into 2018 with the resolve to avoid giving up, to avoid procrastination.  You are a child of God, an heir to the kingdom and there is no reason for you to worry about Before or After.