Last week we talked about letting go of what is behind us so we can fasten our hearts to the future that God is building for us. As I was writing that, I felt like I had to expand on that and note that with God, nothing is wasted. I am sure you have heard that before. I know I have heard it countless times but we need to get a revelation of that deep in our hearts. Nothing is wasted with God.
John 6:12 says, “When everyone was satisfied, Jesus told his disciples, “Now go back and gather up the pieces left over so that nothing will be wasted.””
That was Jesus speaking to the disciples after He had multiplied 5 loaves and 2 fish to feed the multitudes. If Jesus cared so much not to waste food, how much more do you suppose He cares about the things that happen in our lives? God is not wasteful. His resources are unlimited but He is not a wasteful God. He makes sure than nothing in our lives is wasted.
Sometimes people take this too far and they stub their toe and say there must be a reason for that. Just because nothing is wasted does not mean there is a reason behind everything. Sometimes we are just clumsy or we make bad decisions, but God in his goodness ensures that at the end of the day, all things work together for our good, Romans 8:28. Nothing is wasted.
So we don’t need to hang on to what happened last year. We can let it go trusting that God is building something. God is doing something, an amazing work in us. “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns,” Philippians 1:6.
God is at work in you and I. Last year we spent a bit of time going through our “Back to Basics” series. We looked at the role of our spirit, soul and body. We went through the fruit of the Spirit and what it looks like practically. This year we are going to be focusing on developing and growing our relationship with Jesus. I heard someone preach and say, “God loves us all equally but we don’t all love God the same.” We can grow in our love for God. There is always room to grow when it comes to love.
I will say at the forefront that love requires sacrifice. Love is not for the selfish, it requires us to be selfless and giving of ourselves, of our time, of our emotions, finances and whatever else there is to give. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” Love gives. Love is generous. Love. God is love, 1 John 4:8. So who better to learn from about love than God Himself? It is going to be a great year!
Love and blessings,