January 3, 2018 – It’s a New Year!

Perhaps you’ve seen the “thing” on social media encouraging us to pick our word for 2018.   I was intrigued and wanted my word to represent my New Year’s resolve to renew my mind constantly so I can live as a sacrifice while serving the body of Christ.  I also wanted my word to reflect our Church’s resolution to honor the Great Commandment to love others as just as Christ loved us (John 13:34-35).  And our resolution to honor the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19-20).


It occurred to me that “love” {Agape} captures those resolutions as well as any word, but “love” doesn’t mean the same thing to everybody.  Trying to get a better bead on my “word” I thought about the opposite of love – you can often better understand something by looking at its opposite; we may not be able to describe humility, for instance, but everyone knows what pride looks like – the opposite of love in the American lexicon is “hate” – but hate is passionate and is a better opposite for romantic love (Eros) or Brotherly love (Philos).  No, the opposite of Agape love, is “selfishness.”


If I am self-focused it’s hard for me to break MY routine, to give of MY time, to step out of MY comfort zone, or share MY stuff.  Selfishness asks not, what’s best for the other guy, but what’s best for me?


Clearly my word needs to be “Selflessness”  – of course a really good Buddhist is selfless so perhaps that’s not even descriptive enough.  I don’t want to just be empty of “self” I want to be full of Christ……  That’s it!


CHRISTFULLNESS is my word for 2018.   I want to be Christful throughout 2018 and beyond!  How about you, my friend?


Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16 (NKJV)

3 thoughts on “January 3, 2018 – It’s a New Year!

  1. Great post. I’m curious about the term “Great Commandment”. I thought that term came from Matthew 22:36-40
    “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

    Wouldn’t “love others” be the second commandment?

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