We hope that from this year forward every saint will have a proper spiritual conclusion to
a passing year and a proper beginning of a new spiritual year. Not only should we have a
conclusion related to outward matters, such as our career, our education, and our domestic
affairs, but even more, we should have a conclusion in regard to spiritual matters. At the end
of a year we need to go before God and settle the accounts related to our spiritual condition.
We need to consider before the Lord how we have spent our time and the things in which we
failed and in which we overcame. We need to consider the areas in which we responded to
the Lord’s demands and in which we rejected the Lord’s will. We need to bring our spiritual
condition before the Lord in order to settle accounts and have a proper clearance so that we
can have a new beginning.
THE CHANGING OF DAYS, MONTHS, AND YEARS DEPENDING ON LIGHT-BEARERS
There are two very important principles concerning days, months, and years. The first
principle involves their relationship to light-bearers, and the second principle involves their
relationship to death and resurrection. In regard to the first principle, days, months, and
years are related to light-bearers, that is, to the sun and the moon. A day consists of the time
that it takes for the earth to rotate on its own axis, whereas a year consists of the time that
it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun. Every twenty-four hours the earth rotates
on its axis, and during this time there is one appearing of the sun. Furthermore, every three
hundred sixty-five days the earth revolves around the sun in the solar system. A day involves
a small revolution, but a year involves a great revolution. Both the changing of a day and the
changing of a year are in relation to the sun. The changing of a month is related to the
revolution of the moon around the earth. Both the sun and the moon are light-bearers. Every
changing of days, months, and years is related to light-bearers. Because there are lightbearers,
there are days, months, and years.
Every change in our spiritual experience involves light, whether it is a great change like
a new year, a lesser change like a month, or a small change like a day. Whenever we
encounter light, there is a change. When we met God, who is light (1 John 1:5), there was a
change. When we met Christ, who is God and who is light (John 8:12; 9:5; 12:46), there was
a change. God in Christ is our light-bearer. Without the sun, there are no days or years, and
without the moon, there are no months. Likewise, if a person does not encounter God in
Christ, there will be no spiritual change, either great or small. Every change in our spiritual
condition depends upon meeting God.
In order to have a new spiritual year, we need to specifically seek God’s face and meet
Him. We should bring our condition, past and present, to Him and place it before Him in the
light of His face in order to receive His shining. He is facing us, waiting for us, and open to
us. We should not think that we are the ones who are seeking God; actually, He is seeking us
and waiting for us. Rather than being closed, we should open ourselves to Him. We should
not treat our days in a loose manner. When we approach a new calendar year, we should
come to God and open ourselves to His light concerning not only the state of our earthly
affairs but also the condition of our spiritual life. We need to spend some time in the presence
of God, presenting our past and present condition to Him and allowing Him to shine on us.
As the Spirit, He will come to us, and with His Spirit there will be light shining on the items
that we place before Him. When we encounter God in Christ as the Spirit coming to us as
light, we will have a new beginning. When we encounter light, we will also encounter God as
the light-bearer. These encounters bring in changes that are like the changes associated with
days, months, and years. If we want to have changes, from small changes to great changes,
we must meet God.
(God’s Need and God’s Goal, ch. 4, “The Spiritual Significance of the New Year)