We made it to 2021. Now what? Throughout 2020 I heard people say, “If I can just make it to 2021.” I understand. 2020 was an unusual year in many ways, but a new year does not automatically erase all the crazy. It is, however, a natural time for a reset.
Growing up with the advent of home computers and into the tech age, I learned a quick fix for computer glitches, reboot. I know some tech-savvy people winched a bit when they read that, but it often works. I simply turn off and start up my computer, phone, well you get the picture. More times than not, it fixes the problem.
A new year allows for a reboot of sorts. Again, the ushering in a new year doesn’t magically erase the crazy, but it does present the opportunity for a reboot or reset of sorts. I am not talking about a mere new year’s resolution. I mean an opportunity to exhale the stuff of last year and breathe in the fresh air of awareness that God is present and working. This is not something we need to wait until a new year to perform. It ought to be a daily practice. The new year simply offers an excellent opportunity to do it as last year passes, and the new year is beginning.
There is a term used in some Christian circles, the “victorious Christian life.” The victorious Christian life is the life that is lived, by faith, in a moment-by-moment surrender to God. It is a life rooted in faith where believers place their trust in the Lord in all circumstances.
God has promised victory to everyone who comes to faith in Christ. The key to this life is our identification with our Savior. The access to the victorious Christian life is to be in total union with God, letting Him be the Lord of our lives.
Paul writes to the Roman believers:
“Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his” (Rom 6:3-5).
Through faith, which is witnessed to in baptism, the Christian takes part in Christ’s death. The glory of our Heavenly Father is shown by His power in raising Christ from the dead and by transforming the lives of Christians into the image of His Son. This happens progressively in a believer’s life through sanctification (set apart for God and becoming Christlike) and completed at glorification when Christ returns, and this work is finished. Sanctification is glorification begun, and glorification is sanctification finished. The believer’s participation in Christ’s death assures us that we shall share in His resurrection, achieving final and complete victory.
I have a yearly practice of setting time around New Years Day to ponder all that transpired the past year and planning for the new year. Part of this spiritual exercise is rebooting. I exhale the stuff of last year and inhale the fresh air of awareness that God is present and working. I am His. My ultimate victory is secured in Him, and my present victory is lived as I walk in faith by the power of His Spirit, being led by Him. This is true for every Christian. Let me encourage you to take some time to reboot and walk in victory in Christ today. Here’s to a victorious 2021. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!