As we are beginning a new school year in the county, students, parents, teachers, administrators, and families are setting goals for a new year. Excitement is in everyone’s heart. The students are ready to begin a new year, to meet new friends, to learn new things, and to reach new goals.
Last year is in the past. There is nothing anyone can do to change the past years. In the past, if errors were made, goals and expectations were not met, it’s okay; everyone can begin a new year. Everyone can restart, refresh, rejuvenate, rekindle, and realize the past is over; we are in a new year.
Accepting Jesus as your personal Savior and walking hand in hand with Him is just like this. When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and ask forgiveness for your past sins, the past is the past to God. Now that you have confessed those sins to God, you are free from the past! You can forget the past. You can move on. You can start a new year.
How you may ask?
God sent His one and only son, Jesus, to die on the cross for you and me, for our sins. (John 3:16) Jesus was born to a virgin woman, lived for 33 years and then was crucified on a cross over 2000 years ago. Jesus died that horrible, gruesome death for your sins from last week, last year, or in the last few minutes. He is the only man to ever walk on this Earth sinless, but He had to come as a human to save all of us sinful humans. (Philippians 2:6-8)
He died so you could be free of your past. The past of Him dying on the cross is the only past that should concern anyone once we turn and accept Him. We should not be concerned with our past only how we live in the future for Jesus who died for our sins.
Does this mean we will never sin again? Of course not.
But we can know with assurance that if we ask forgiveness He will forgive us. (Ephesians 1:7) We can stop grieving and worrying over our past. Give your past to Jesus!
As we begin a new year, let’s teach especially our students, they are not judged by their past. They do not have to worry about their past. They can restart, refresh, rejuvenate, rekindle, and realize their past is their past. They can start a new year, accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, ask for forgiveness of sins, and become a new person in Christ. We cannot promise it will be easy, but we can promise who will be with them every step of the way, JESUS CHRIST.
Let’s all get on our knees before our Lord. Let’s pray for our students, parents, teachers, administrators and families that they accept Christ as their Savior. Pray they forget their past failures and start a new year with Christ as the center of all they do. Pray our students begin each day knowing it is a gift from God. Pray they know He loves them and He is always there for them. Pray our parents, teachers, and administrators know Jesus Christ and that He loves them no matter their mistakes. Pray they share Christ’s love to our students to help in their success today and forget their failures of the past. I pray we are a county shining the light of Jesus for everyone to see. Go out today and make a difference in someone’s life by sharing about Jesus Christ for them to remember today, tomorrow and forever.