In this sermon, Pastor Neil talks continues to talk about New Year resolutions. Here he talks about what it takes to be faithful to Jesus. Here are some excerpts:
One of the great Christian heroes to whom I looked up with tremendous admiration during his lifetime was the Anglican evangelical leader John Stott, who died in 2011 at the age of 90. He was a pastor, preacher, author, Bible teacher, evangelist, and global advocate for the gospel. I heard him speak in person on two occasions. Os Guinness visited him not long before his death, and asked how he could pray for him. To which John Stott replied in a hoarse whisper: “Pray that I will be faithful to Jesus until my last breath” (Os Guinness, Impossible People).
That is my prayer, too. I want to be faithful to Jesus until my last breath. I hope that is your desire and prayer, too. Like Paul, I want to fight the good fight of the faith (and not give up). I want to finish the race. I want to keep the faith (2 Timothy 4:7). Don’t you?
I want to press on toward the goal of the Christian life to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:14). Don’t you? The prize is not just heaven or eternal life in the kingdom of God. The prize is not just hearing Jesus say, “Well done.” The prize is Jesus Himself. The prize is being with Him and having the intimacy of fellowship with Him for all eternity.
Dear friends, in the year of our Lord 2020:
Whether the race is hard or easy, whether the way ahead in your race or ours is smooth or rough, whether the year ahead brings unanticipated joys or sorrows, or both, let us fix our eyes and our hearts on Jesus, looking to Him for all we need, and trusting Him to lead us onward, to lead us heavenward, every step of the way.
With our eyes fixed on Jesus, may our spiritual vision in 2020 be 20/20.