Absence from Christ is hell; but presence with Christ is heaven; and, as we get nearer to him, our heaven becomes more heavenly, and we enjoy it more, and feel more that it is of God. Oh! may you this year come to the very well of Bethlehem, and not merely receive a vessel from it, as David did, at the risk of the lives of three mighty men; but may you come to the well and drink—drink from the well itself, from that bottomless well-spring of eternal love. Oh, this year may the secret of the Lord be with you, and may you be in the secret place of the Most High! My Master, shouldest thou permit me to ask thee one thing as a special favour, it should be this, that I may ‘know him and the power of his resurrection, being made conformable to his death!’ Nearer to thee, blessed Lord, nearer to thee: this all our cry shall be. The Lord grant that our cry may be heard, that we may grow in the knowledge of Christ!”
C. H. Spurgeon, “A Psalm For The New Year,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 8. Originally preached on January 5, 1862. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1862), 7.
Happy New Year from your friends at Digital Sojourner!
May the Lord richly bless you in 2013! However, the greatest blessing of all is not a new year… but being transformed by the Lord Jesus Christ into a new creation! Do you know Him as Lord and Savior? If not, you can know the joy of possessing a clear conscience before God.
Paul and Silas told the Philippian jailer, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” Acts 16:31 ESV. The jailer responded in faith by believing in the Lord. Acts chapter 16 goes on to tell us that later that night the jailer “rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.” Acts 16:34 ESV.
As the world celebrates a New Year, you can celebrate something infinitely greater… becoming a new creation in the Lord Jesus Christ. Now, THAT would make for a truly Happy New Year!!