2015 is exiting. Some will celebrate, some will mourn, some will address it as just another day. Some will sing this old tune. Others will drink liquid spirits into 2016. As the saying goes, "Time waits for no man."
Whatever 2016 brings you, there is one thing that will never change. The God of the universe sent His Son Jesus Christ to save us. All of us. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). We can take Him or leave Him to our benefit or peril.
The world rocks with war, terrorism, pestilence, poverty, sickness, and spiritual and emotional void. Jesus doesn't promise relief from the effects of mankind's sins. He offers companionship through it all. He offers rescue from the void. He offers heaven when life is all done. And he offers forgiveness to those who ask for it.
What you choose for your life in 2016 is in your heart. You determine your eternal direction. One way, one truth. Not mine: I'm a sinner just like you, and I didn't create the wonder or dilemma of free will, right and wrong, sin and saint. Those belong solely and soul-ly to the God of the universe. And you and I get to choose what we believe, embrace, or live out.
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6 (NIV)
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8 (NIV)
Your choices are the same for 2016 as they were for any other year. Choose wisely. Eternity awaits.
Thank you, Lord God, for rescuing me. As always, I'm desperate for you. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.