Almost every Saint of God in The Bible came to a low and weak place in life and even spiritual failure. There are a few exceptions like Joseph and Job. Others like Abraham, Isaac, David, Moses, Peter and Demas had starting over places in their lives. You may be one of those Christians that once served the Lord with gladness and lived a faithful life for the glory of God, and yet now you are at the bottom and cannot seem to get up again. Let me encourage you with the Word of God today. You may be a Christian who has lived years without major failure in your life; let me warn you to "let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." (1 Cor.10:12) Maybe you are in the first group. You feel you have failed so miserably that there is no hope of ever being right with God in your life. I have good news for you. There is a way back to the joy of God's salvation. Please read Psalm 51:1-17. If I were a Christian away from God and living a defeated life of sin and failure, I would read Psalm 51 and reread until I was restored. David's sin was premeditated, calculated and merciless. He hit bottom and brought the judgment of God upon his family. The Judgment was fourfold. It cost him in four children. (He pronounced the judgment himself.) Where does a person start in starting over again?
vs.3-4. He did not need re-regeneration...there is no such thing! He did not need regeneration. He needed restoration, and that begins with repentance. "I acknowledge my transgressions...Against thee...have I sinned."
- Recognizing a need for cleansing,
vs.2-7. Sin brings an invisible Spiritual filth to the life of a believer. Others may not see it, but God sees it and the believer senses it. "Purge me" and "wash me" v. 7; "Hide thy face from my sins" and "blot out all mine iniquities" v. 9; "Create in me a clean heart" v. 10. Until we see our sin as offensive to God, we will tolerate it. (See Rom. 7:13)
- Reassurance that God was going to cleanse and forgive, v7.
Notice, "I shall be clean" and "I shall be whiter than snow." (See also Ps.103:12; Isa. 55:7; 1Jn. 1:9; Heb. 8:12)
- Restoration, Starting over again, vs. 13-16.
David lost some things he never got back, but at least he had restoration. Notice: Vs. 13, "I will teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee." Verse 14, "My tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness." Verse 15, "O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise." Then in vs.15-17, David confesses he will do anything God pleases and yet, he knows "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise."
Isn't that great? The way back is a broken heart! If you thought last year at this time that you would get a new start and you failed, why not start over again and have a great New Year?
At this point, if you want a New Start in The New Year, it will result in Being about "My Father's business.”
Read Luke 2:39-52
Notice, "the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; …they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. And when they saw Him, they were amazed: and His mother said unto Him, Son, why hast Thou thus dealt with us? behold, Thy father and I have sought Thee sorrowing. And He said unto them, How is it that ye sought Me? wist ye not that I must be about My Father's business?” Jesus said, "Wist you not that I must be about My Father's business?" and those of us who are true Christians will desire to “be About our Father’s business.
"And upon this came His disciples, and marvelled that He talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest Thou? or, Why talkest Thou with her? The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? Then they went out of the city, and came unto Him. In the mean while His disciples prayed Him, saying, Master, eat. But He said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye know not of. Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought Him ought to eat? Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work."
Two things stand out in these texts. "My Father's business" and, "Finish His work." Of all the things that we have to do, and all the things we have to be busy with, the most important thing about our lives is God's business. What I want to encourage us to know that there is A higher business, A greater business, A more worthy business, A more Godly business, An eternal business, and if we're too busy for God's business, we have too much business.
"But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." Matt. 24:37-39 "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." The point here is, they were busy with everyday life to the excess and failed to give attention to eternal things.
I want to name just a few things that will get in the way of the Father's business in the lives of many Christians in the year 2013.
- First, becoming cold to the things of God will keep God’s people from The Father’s business. Did you notice that even the disciples came back in John 4 with eating on their minds? John 4:8 tells us "For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat." I'm wondering if it took all of them to go to Walmart?
- Secondly, getting close to those who are unfaithful to God will keep God‘s people from The Father‘s business. John 21:3 tells us about Peter and four simple words, "I go a fishing", and all the others said, "we also go with thee." Sometimes well-meaning people will lead others astray, from the Father's business. I say kindly but strongly, if a brother or sister in Christ invites you to do anything that takes you away from what you know you ought to do, then kindly turn them down. 2 Tim. 3:5-8 "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
- The third thing I see that keeps God's people from God's business is becoming weary in well-doing because of priorities out of order, even with good deeds. Luke 10:40-42 "But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to Him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her." Key words are, "Mary hath chosen that good part..." Sometimes, it comes down to choosing between something not necessarily sinful, and "the good part." Martha would be the person that would stay home from Church to prepare a meal for company.
- The last thing I will mention that keeps God's people from doing God's business is procrastination. Many of God's people don't intend to be idle in God's business...they just don't plan to be involved in the present tense. James 4:13-16 "Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that."
I want to encourage you to Start the New Year right…and if you are not a Christian, I urge you to call on the Lord for forgiveness, cleansing and Salvation through faith in the Sacrificial death of Christ for your sin. Then, if you are saved, determine to go into the New Year busy “about your Father’s Business.” There is no greater work; no greater time, and no greater honor for those of us who are Saved. May God bless, you is my prayer. HAPPY NEW YEAR!