A word for the New Year (2)
“A land of hills and valleys.” Dt 11:11 NKJV
This year you will face some mountains and go through some valleys. And you need both. The strength gained from climbing and conquering your last mountain is what will get you through your next valley. It’s in the valley that the sweetest fruit grows. That’s because it’s watered by streams that flow from the mountains. Jesus said, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples” (Jn 15:8 NKJV). This year Jesus wants you to be more fruitful in His service. And He tells you how: “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (Jn 15:4-5 NKJV). What kind of fruit is God looking for in your life this year? Paul tells us: “When we live God’s way…He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely” (Gal 5:22-23 MSG). So this year when you face a mountain or go through a valley, remember that God is with you.