Walking through Mark on Sunday morning has opened my eyes not only to the real Jesus but to the way that I mirror the Pharisees and scribes every day of the week. As we heard this past Sunday, Jesus curses a fig tree due to its lack of fruit after having the appearance of being fruitful. The curse is really not as much about a fig tree as it is about the people of God. Those who have the appearance of godliness but yet have no fruit.
As God’s church, we need to seek bearing the fruit that Christ is hungry for in our lives. Fruit that brings him glory. Fruit that is less about us and more about Him. Fruit that is more about Christ and less about sin.
So the question is how are you going to bear fruit in 2010?
Will you grow in love this year rather than hardening your heart towards God and others? Will you have a stronger passion for evangelism rather than remaining silent? Maybe this year will be the year you grow in peace and hope instead of in anxiety and slavery to fearing man? Or the year that is marked with being a doer of the word and less about delaying in your obedience?
What kind of year will it be?
Here are some great questions from Donald Whitney to focus your vision as you head into the new year:
The beginning of a new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.
- What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?
- What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?
- What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?
- In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?
- What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?
- What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?
- For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?
- What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?
- What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?
- What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?