But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God.” (Lk 9:42 NKJ).
Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one, otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins, or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. And no one, having drunk old wine, immediately desires new; for he says the old is better.” (Lk 5:36-39 NKJ).
Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare, Before they spring forth I tell you of them. (Is 42:9 NKJ)
“You have heard; See all this. And will you not declare it? I have made you hear new things from this time, even hidden things, and you did not know them. They are created now and not from the beginning; And before this day you have not heard them, Lest you should say, ‘Of course I knew them. ]” (Is 48:6-7 NKJ).
“I have declared the former things from the beginning; They went forth from My Mouth, and I caused them to hear it. Suddenly I did them, and they came to pass.” (Is 48:3 NKJ).
Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already have been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own. I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]; forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward. (Phil 3:12-14 Amp)
2013 has passed, and is behind our backs. History was made in 2013. Even this year will have its place in history as well. In this past year, we lost some great men. Political leaders as well as Christian leaders. We may even have lost some of our secular and social leaders. They say we have a history. Great! Yet they also have, had their history. The Lord tells us to cast our care upon Him. In fact He instructs us to keep our eyes focused on Him.
Every year has had some historic significance, which had taken place. Remember the 1995 rugby World Cup, when Nelson Mandela,watched the game. Remember when we won the cup, that year, how the whole country, the whole nation, stood behind our national team. Remember, the previous year when Madiba had been released from prison, to later become the father of the nation. The 1st democratically elected president of South Africa.
Could we have recalled, or known; how these decisions would effect the Nation, for years to come. Would we have known how greatly our nation may have changed over the years. Remember there have been many historic events, which took place. From Mbeki’s government, ’til the present government. There have been both good and bad memories. Both on national and international fronts. E’en personal memories, may have effected our decisions, at some or other time.
Remember, also, when we as a nation, staged the 2010 world cup. Recall also, a few years earlier, prior to the 2010 soccer, when we were accepted by the international Olympic committee, to partake in the Olympic Games, for the first time, after a number of years.
We only have one lifetime, which we live. What we do with our life; and the decisions we may have made, can either have; positive or negative results. The input we receive, from whichever sources, we allow ourselves to have; are always able to change our attitudes, towards others. We are reminded to vigilantly guard our heart, from which come the wellsprings of our life.
Carefully guard your thoughts, because they are the source 0f true life (Pr 4:23 CEV). Also remember Jesus is the Way , the Truth, the Life, no one comes to the Father, except through Him (see Jn 14:6).
It is said change is the only true constant. Time never stands still! Therefore if there have been any historical events, which occurred during, our lifetime, we are able to commit them to memory. We may be the silent observers, of an ever changing history. As said earlier, everyone has their own history, which is recorded in their Life Book. through God’s Grace, we are able to record our own destiny.
During our lifetime, commentators have rightly declared, we have a history. Yet, we’re able to rewrite our history. Yes, we are able through Christ, to become history makers. We’re able to change our history. In Truth; it is also His Story, which is taking place in, through our lives, in this world, and the one to come. What is the legacy are we leaving behind, for our seed, after us? What memories shall they have, when they think about their parents, as they mature in their years, which are to come?
Remember 9/11. The forgiveness which I believe took place later on. Remember Madiba’s passing. Remember Prophet Kobus van Rensburg. Also remember; Christ’s birth, death, Resurrection, Ascension and coming again. He plays an integral part, in the History of Creation. We are to be ready, effective and loving, witnesses of His Goodness. Are we to bear records of all the wrongs, plaguing society. As bad and as good things may seem, throughout our lifetime in this world; we are to recall the reason for this falling away. We are to remember the reason Christ Jesus, to our world.
Remember He lovingly, willingly came to our world, as the Lamb of God, which had been slain before the foundation of the world. He did this, for our Redemption and Salvation. We would not be able to save ourselves, from the enemy’s destruction. All these things, which happened, making up our history over the years, have had implications. We’re reminded in Scripture, the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Rom 6:23 NKJ).