Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing. (Matthew 3:8-9, NLT)
John the Baptist was talking to the Pharisees and Sadducees. Now he’s talking to me. He’s saying, “What matters is your life—now.” Looking back to last year or yesterday may offer wisdom, understanding, shame or regret, but the future (the next five minutes of this new year) is where God is leading.
“What counts is [my] life,” not my resume, my bank account, my looks, my weight, my social media followers, my home, my possessions, my gender, my race, my experiences, my heritage, my degrees, my opinions, my failures, or my successes.
“My life,” . . . my moments, right now, the next five minutes are where God resides and beckons. Where am I looking? In what am I trusting? To what end am I living? What am I doing, or not doing? Who or what has my attention?
If you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. (Colossians 3:1-3, MSG)