So, this is Christmas...
This morning as I was on my way to pray, John Lennon came on the radio singing, “So this is Christmas…” and the lyrics immediately struck a chord in me. As you may know, the song begins, “So, this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year over and a new one just begun." Christmas will be here in one week, and then in two weeks we will roll over into 2017—a new year just begun.
I had to stop and ponder on the first verse of this song. I heard the Holy Spirit say, "So this Christmas is here and gone. What will you do with the next year?" I thought to myself, Do I want to be where I am today one year from now? Certainly not! Let's stop and think about this for a minute—
We have been given 365 days to invest into the Kingdom of Heaven.
We invest into the Kingdom when we pray in the Holy Spirit, according to Romans 14:17.
We invest into the Kingdom when we minister the gospel of peace, and an eternal soul is won into Christ Jesus.
We invest into the Kingdom when we give our time to the local church and ministries around the world.
We invest into the Kingdom when we sow our money into fertile soil, knowing that each seed will produce a good harvest in a field, that before sowing, we did not previously have the liberty of reaping.
So, Christmas is almost here. As of today, we have eleven days until Christmas to invest into the Kingdom of God. We have seventeen days remaining to invest into 2016 before we roll over into 2017. Don't wait until 2017 and try to embark on some New Year’s resolution. Start now! Invest Now! Pray Now! Sow into the rest of this year with your words, time, and resources, declaring that you will see the GREATEST return you have ever witnessed in the coming days. Then begin to DECLARE into 2017—speak into the New Year saying, “2017, you will be an incredible year! As I invest into the Kingdom, my return will be Eternal Glory! I will see the Hope of Glory here on earth! Reformation is here! Revival is here!”
So, this is Christmas, and what have you done? Another year is almost over. What will you do before the new one has begun?