Point to Jesus

January 1, 2018
Point to Jesus

A new year is upon us. It’s full of new possibilities and new life. The old is gone and the new has come. It’s a new day.

2017 was full of new challenges for our family, but one thing has been abundantly clear: God can use any situation, no matter how painful or unexpected, for His glory and our blessing.

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I am not one to dwell on the past, but that’s one life lesson I want to take with me into the new year.

I never want to forget how God blessed our socks off when I was in the hospital. Or how our church family stepped up time and again to fill needs, sometimes before we even realized they were there. Through all the pain and waiting and everything else we went through, we never doubted God’s goodness. Not even for a moment.

Looking ForwardHow can you point to Jesus?

So as we round the bend to 2018, I pray that stays with me. The knowledge of how great our God is.

Every year I pick a phrase to guide me through year, and this year my phrase is “Point to Jesus.”

I want everything I do to point to Jesus. From the words that I write to the way I live my every day life, I want it all to point to Jesus.

I think most Christians feel that way, but I want to be more intentional about it.

I’ll be honest, and let you know that even when I’m being intentional about it, I am sure that I will stumble. I’m sure that I will fail. I’m sure that while I am pointing to Jesus someone will look at me and think that if I’m what Jesus is all about, then Jesus isn’t for them. And that breaks my heart. But that’s what the gospel is all about.

That’s why we point to Jesus and not ourselves.

Because I am a failure. I do mess up. I am a sinner in need of a Savior. Just like everyone else.

Romans 5:8 says, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

That’s the message of the gospel. We still stumble and fail on a daily basis, but Jesus loves us anyways. We are forgiven because of Christ’s saving work on the cross. We can’t out-sin the blood of Jesus… but when we truly understand His sacrifice and accept Him as the Lord of our lives, our sin will break our hearts. We will want to become more like Christ and we will want to point to Him.

Point to Jesus

If you’re a Christian, how can your life point to Jesus in the year to come?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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P.S. If you aren’t a Christian you can learn more about becoming a Christian here, or contact me directly with questions here.

I’m linking this post up at #WriterWednesday, Faith-Filled Friday, and Grace & Truth

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  • Reply Melissa January 2, 2018 at 7:30 am

    “Point to Jesus” is a great phrase to focus on for the new year! For 2018 my word to focus on is “growth”. And with growth there is generally pain but I’m excited to see where God takes me this year!
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  • Reply Keisha Russell January 2, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Wow! This is so great! I want to “point to Jesus” in all that I do in this new year. I am still praying and seeking the perfect word for this year for me.
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    • Reply Heather Hart January 2, 2018 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks for your encouragement, Keisha. I know pointing to Jesus is something most Christians want to do, but it’s where I want my primary focus to be. Praying you find your perfect word for 2018.
      Heather Hart recently posted…Goals, Plans, and Jesus

  • Reply Julie January 2, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Love this idea! It seems so simple but it’s hard to live out daily! I know that praying and asking God to help you point to Him will make you successful!

    • Reply Heather Hart January 3, 2018 at 10:46 am

      It is hard to live out daily, Julie! That’s why I want to be so intentional about it this year. Thanks for stopping in, and for your encouragement.
      Heather Hart recently posted…Goals, Plans, and Jesus

  • Reply Alice Mills January 2, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    I love your phrase. My word for the year is ‘thrive’. I want to settle in where I’m planted and live life well and for the glory of God. Love your inspirational post!
    Alice Mills recently posted…How to Practice Your Salvation

  • Reply Debbie Erickson January 3, 2018 at 6:52 am

    What a great phrase, Heather! I love it! May we all work this year to bring glory to Him in everything we do!

  • Reply Cindy January 3, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Point to Jesus…so true for me too. It is heartbreaking when others see us and can’t tell the difference between us and them. Our lives need to be different since we are set apart for God. So, I love your phrase and definitely desire that for my life too!
    Stopped by for a visit from WriterWednesday.

  • Reply Ann January 3, 2018 at 4:17 pm

    Wow! This is a great post… we can only point to Jesus in everything we do only if we are doing His will. God give us grace to focus on Jesus in everything we do.

  • Reply Heather Bixler January 4, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Love this! Seriously, this is such a great word of the year! Thank you for linking up with #writerwednesday this week!

  • Reply Marva | SunSparkleShine January 5, 2018 at 12:47 pm

    I’m with you, Heather. I want nothing more than my life to point others to Christ in this year and many years to come. I look back too on 2017 and I see all the challenges we faced but like you, I never doubted God’s goodness. I’m so glad that He remains faithful regardless of our circumstances.
    Blessings to you, as you point to Him. He is worthy!

  • Reply Susan Evans January 5, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    I point to Jesus by loving other people more than my own self. I shine the love of Jesus to the people around me.
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  • Reply Homer Les August 11, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    “God can use any situation, no matter how painful or unexpected, for His glory and our blessing.”

    Amen! A year and a half late, but AMEN! From the deep well of experience, we wholeheartedly agree.

    • Reply Heather Hart August 12, 2019 at 9:56 am

      Thanks for stopping in, Homer. And I think this is one of those things you can never be late for. We should always point to Jesus. And God can always use every situation for His glory and our blessing.

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