Ah, a blank slate! Nothing like it. Fresh starts are God's specialty. He created the morning for the start of the new day, and He created Earth's rotation around the sun. This cyclical pattern of existence affords us the joy we've exercised in the last 24 hours of ringing in the New Year. Some of us have resolutions; some don't. Will any of us keep them? Regardless of that, you can dedicate your new year to the Lord. How? Here are a few suggestions:
1. Number your days. Psalm 90:12 says, "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom." (NIV) Not everyone who just rang in 2020 will ring in 2021. Part of making every moment count is understanding that we don't have an unlimited number of days. In fact, life is a vapor that vanishes quickly.
2. Tell someone about Jesus. In Acts 20:24, Paul gave this testimony, "However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace." The life focused on a single purpose enjoys great fulfillment. Paul recognized that he was here for one purpose and that was to tell others about the good news of salvation by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Who is your one that you will reach this year?
3. Do all you do for the glory of God. A famous verse of Scripture is 1 Corinthians 10:31, "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." Since it is not possible to sin for the glory of God, this becomes a very powerful admonition. It requires thought before speech and action. And that's never a bad thing.
While these three top my personal list of dedicating 2020 to God, there are many more verses that can clarify your North Star of direction for this year:
4. Allow Christ to live through you. Galatians 2:20, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (NIV)
5. Seek the filling of the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18, "Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit."
6. Set apart time at the feet of Jesus in devotion. Luke 10:42, "But few things are needed - or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."
Suggested prayer to dedicate your year to God: "Father in Heaven, I come before you now to dedicate every moment of this New Year to You. It is my heart's desire to bring greater glory to you this year than I did in 2019. Show me Your will, and give me the courage to obey it. In Jesus name I pray - Amen."