Final exam results reveal how thoroughly the class material was studied and learned. Year end tax preparations reveal how much money was made, and spent, and how it was made and spent. Weigh ins reveal how honest one was with one’s eating plan. Medical tests reveal health or disease. In Scripture, Revelation reveals how God’s kingdom will reign. And, perhaps in ruminating about the past twelve months, as accomplishments and regrets, gratitude and loss are revealed, these impact the dreams and goals for the next twelve months.
See, short of the breath I breathe right this instant, nothing is promised to me about my length of stay on earth. Not tomorrow. Not my next vacation. Not seeing my kids graduate college. Not being a grandmother. Not growing old with my beloved. Nothing. But what is promised to me? Well, Jesus came so that I might have life to the full, both here and in Heaven. He came, so that I might love Him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love others as He loves me. I’m promised that if I confess my need to the God who loves me, and state my belief in him, while allowing Jesus to change my heart to be more like his, then I will be saved and have a forever home in heaven. By the way, I’m personalizing this to myself, because I’m thinking about my life, but to be clear, He came so that all would be saved, not just me.
So…what would my life reveal? Did I love the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my mind, with all my soul, and with all my strength? Did I give my Lord as much of myself as I gave others? And what about loving others as He loved me? How did I do there? Did I love the easy people in my life only, or did I also love well those who drove me nuts? Did I pray for those who persecuted me, or even just disagreed politically with me? Do/will people who engaged with me one day know Jesus because I displayed His love in an unmistakable, tangible way? Will it one day be revealed that I did my part?
I hope so. My final exam could be any day. I really want to hear a “Well done, good and faithful servant,” not only because I love words of affirmation, but because my life’s goal is to glorify God by becoming more and more like him and less and less like me. May His light be revealed to all who know me now and in each day I am gifted with breath.
Happy New Year!