By Keith Boutte
I hold no one accountable for my sin but myself. In every moment of weakness Holy Spirit warns me of who God is and that my choice to sin separates me from God. Repeated habitual sin causes Holy Spirit to draw back from me as I run towards ruin. Only one being can be in charge of me at any time, either I submit to the Word of God and Holy Spirit guidance and obey God, or I separate myself from God. Too much time of separation and I will lose my relationship with God.
Our choices today direct our tomorrow’s. What was done yesterday should not direct my path today. Now if I have sinned, I must deal with that sin ASAP. Holding on to my hurt, anger, feelings of betrayal, justification of words or actions or anything that separates me from my relationship with God is time wasted. Every day is a day of salvation, a day to repent, restore and repair what I have failed at yesterday.
Relationships are more valuable than silver or gold and bring more joy to me than any possession or position I have gained in life. Getting to the top of anything without retaining good relationships voids all gain. It does not have nor should it be lonely at the top, bottom or middle. Our position is characterized by our words in action, what we say and do make up who we are today. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow has enough worries of its own, so we must live with heaven as our only option today and eternally.
What will be my New Year’s Resolution this year should be the same every year. To draw closer to God, allow Holy Spirit to guide my words and actions, base all my dictions on God’s words and be a servant reflecting the Love of God to a lost and dying world.
My job is not to obtain perfection but to allow my weaknesses to be used by God for His glory. My strength must be traded for His strength, my words replaced by His Word. Obtaining true riches in this world is only found in seeking to save those lost and dying by reflecting Jesus’s love and mercy. The greatest service we can do for God is to draw people to Him by reflecting His love towards them.
“So, we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:16-21 NLT)
And Paul also wrote, “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9 NKJV)
May this New Year draw us closer to our Creator, our Savior and our Guide in this life and the eternal one to come.
Keith Boutte resides in Lafayette with his lovely wife Christy, and they have four children and five grandchildren. He has a passion for people, our city and seeing the Lord lifted up as a light and hope to others.