There was a time when I used to wonder which Holiday is really my favorite. I thought it was “Thanksgiving Day.” But in recent years I have discovered more and more that it is really “New Year’s Day.”
The Bible says our time as we know and understand it, is not like God’s time. At 2 Peter 3:8 KJV it says “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Nevertheless, as humans we have to go by what we know and God will understand. So we take the 365 days (or 366 in some cases) as is. And every New Year that we are still alive is special to us – in the natural and the Spiritual.
The New Year brings the opportunity to start a new (or to continue) good things/deeds in our life. It gives many a chance to review their life and make that sincere promise to change for the better, as need be. It helps to create new relationships (personally, professionally, spiritually, and so on). And helps to make many more things possible – because it’s the New Year.
However, Spiritually speaking, Saints of God cannot (and must never) wait until the New Year to grow in Christ and change for the better and better. We are required to die daily (1 Corinthians 15:31) and pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) plus add to our faith throughout the year (2 Peter 1:5-10) and so on. We cannot afford to wait until a New Year to do the right things in Christ, and what’s right in God’s sight. But if we are doing that (and more) all year long, the New Year brings the opportunity to “do it again” and do even more of the Spiritual things of God. Because we must continue to set our affections on things above, and not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:2).
To do more prayer and fasting for ourselves, families, friends, neighbors will always be pleasing and acceptable to God if done in spirit and in truth. More worshiping, praise, testifying, preaching, teaching, witnessing, encouraging, motivating, sharing, caring, and such alike, are good for the soul and Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Because doing the works of the flesh and more of doing that “shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” See Galatians 5:19-21 KJV.
So the New Year (unlike many other Holidays) brings with it a unique opportunity to do more for God from continued and growing faith, sincere commitment, discipline, patience and such alike. It’s like a second chance from God each year a person is alive. And so the best way to make good use of that is to do what’s right in the sight of God. As our Bible says “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” Matthew 6:24 KJV.