Another Year

Here we are…Again. Another year is rapidly ending. The saying is true, “the older you get, the faster the years go by.” I cannot believe 2018 is about to be over and we will ring in 2019 (Lord willing) in a few days. Soon you and I will put away the Christmas decorations, make a promise to ourselves to we will do much better in 2019, and some of you will join a gym for the month of January. Just for your information, the worst time to join a gym is now…they will be extremely crowded the first month of the year.

Oh, there will be other promises made besides the standard workout, eat better, and get off soda ones. Christians will make the standard ones too; pray more, read the Bible more, give more (or begin to finally give), and go to church more. There is that false assumption that if I do more, God will love me more and all will in my life. Yes, things will be better by spending more time with God, you will begin to have a close fellowship with Him and He desires for you will become easy to recognize and understand…it will not make Him love you any more than he already does. A central attribute of God is that He is LOVE and love always flows from Him.

As we enter 2019, my challenge to my church is the same it has been for many years…stop trying to do things for God under the false assumptions mentioned above. Instead, be only who God has called you to be in His kingdom work. By being who God has called you to be, others will see Him in you while you simply do those things because of your faith in God to be God. Being causes the doing and the doing is a result of our being in Christ. The apostle Pual wrote, “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:1–4, NKJV). May this be our driving force until the Lord returns.

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