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Making the Most of 2023
Colossians 4:5 (NIV) 5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
2023, sounds strange doesn’t it, it was just 2000 a couple of years ago. “This is typically the time of year to make resolutions. In the dictionary resolution is defined as “a course of action decided upon; a fixed purpose.” We resolve to do things differently. To lose weight, to exercise more. To be a better person. To dispense with old bad habits and begin some good new ones. To become as wonderful a person as my dog thinks I am. That one is hard.
What if the Lord told us, “This will be your last year on earth.” What would we want to change about the way we live? What would happen to our priorities, our relationships, our attitude?
2 Corinthians 6:2 (NIV), For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
Now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. Why have you waited? Has it been procrastination? Just figured that you would get around to it one day.  
Has it been because a professing Christian has been a stumbling block? If you had a heart attack tonight you would not sit at home say, “I’m not going to that hospital, there are sick people there.”  
God offers salvation to today. He does not promise tomorrow.  
A time to be kind to others, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Eph 4:32
Do anger, resentment and bitterness find a home in your heart? A rattlesnake, if cornered, will sometimes become so angry it will bite itself. That is exactly what the harboring of hate and resentment against others is—a biting of oneself. We think that we are harming others in holding these bitter feelings and hates, but the deeper harm is to ourselves. 
It can affect our relationship with God. Matthew 5:23-24 (NIV), 
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
One of the saddest things to see at funerals is family members that haven’t spoken in years torn by the guilt and anguish of allowing hurts to fester so deep that they destroy relationships.  
Let’s make the most of 2023 by not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25
Church attendance is important to you, and it is important to us. There are plenty of other things that you can do with your Sunday, but none are as beneficial and important as being obedient to God in coming together for worship, fellowship and the Lord’s Supper.
You are important! Christ related the church to the body of Christ. Each person representing different parts of the body. For you to believe that you aren’t important would be like me saying “well I really don’t need my hand or foot. If my eyes don’t work today, it really won’t matter because my ears are there.”
Maybe you have been visiting here for a short time. Maybe you have been attending faithfully for years but have never joined. Maybe you just found this website. Why not start 2023 by becoming part of this body?
Dedication to spreading the Word of God is important. Jesus said, “The fields are white unto Harvest.” Are you working the harvest?
Some might say “Well, 2023 probably will not be my last year.” You may be right. If you are wrong, it is a costly assumption. If you make commitments to God that this will be your greatest spiritual year ever and you have 20 or 50 more years, you have a great start to a fulfilling relationship that will last through this life and the next.
Brother Bruce