3 ways to live purposefully in the new year

Lam Kok Hiang // December 23, 2022, 4:07 pm

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As believers in Christ, we become children of God and our destinies are not determined by the realities of this life, but what God has purposed for us, says Lam Kok Hiang. Photo by Joshua Tsu on Unsplash.

The world events of the past year – the Ukraine war, the crypto market crash and catastrophic floods, just to name a few – are reminders that we are not in control of circumstances and nature.

Ecclesiastes 11:3 says: “When clouds are heavy, the rains come down. Whether a tree falls north or south, it stays where it falls.”

These are the natural cycles of life in God’s creation and providence, as well as consequences of a fallen humanity. 

As believers in Christ, we become children of God and our destinies are not determined by the realities of this life, but what God has purposed for us.

The writer of Ecclesiastes gives us the following exhortations to live purposefully as God’s people.

1. Take action now

Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. (Ecclesiastes 11:4)

Often, we may find ourselves sitting around and waiting for the ideal conditions before we start to act. Yet, we must realise that procrastination will not help us accomplish anything. If we are looking for an excuse to do nothing, we will find one.

Life can be a wonderful adventure with God, but we must first step out in faith. We can start by creating an action plan for our new year desires and resolutions and seeking accountability with someone to keep us on track.

Let us not waste that one life that we have been given to live.

2. Trust God even when we do not understand His mysteries

Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things. (Ecclesiastes 11:5)

There are many questions about life and God that are beyond human understanding. Our finite minds cannot fully comprehend the mysteries and workings of God. Yet there are things that He has revealed to us – His Son and His Word – that we may know and worship Him.

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children for ever, that we may follow all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

God has given us everything we need for our faith journey. He is sovereign, and the Maker of all things. We can trust Him even when we do not fully understand the things that are happening around us.

3. Steward well what has been entrusted to us

Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another – or maybe both. (Ecclesiastes 11:6)

We reap what we sow. We must be diligent in our assigned roles and responsibilities, even as we trust God for His providential care and provision. When we steward well what God has entrusted to us and spend each day wisely, we can rest assured that He will bless and establish the work of our hands, for His glory. 

May we live with greater purpose and intentionality in the new year!

This story was first published on Soul Anchors by Cru Singapore and republished with permission.


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About the author

Lam Kok Hiang

Lam Kok Hiang has over 30 years of experience in full-time Christian vocational ministry. He holds a MA (Biblical Studies) from Dallas Theological Seminary and has led Cru Singapore as National Team Leader since 2006. An avid runner, Kok Hiang shares a love for books with his wife, Sharon. Together, their desire is to see young leaders rise up in local churches and missions agencies across Asia.