The New Year is upon us and it appears as a blank page to be used any way you choose. How will you use it? What will you do? Where will you go? Will you make it count for Jesus Christ, or will you use it for yourself?
For the follower of Jesus Christ, the blank page represents an unlimited opportunity to impact the world for the sake of the Gospel. I love what Paul said in his letter to the church at Rome, “For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that He might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.” The goal of every born-again believer of the Lord Jesus Christ is that our lives are to be spent for His glory. Whatever you do, whether eating or drinking, do it all for the glory of God!
2017 has the potential to be the greatest year we have ever had personally, as a family, and also as a church body. Remember, “if God is for us, who can be against us?”
For the church, our single focus continues to be “making disciples” as we seek to live for Christ each day. The Great Commission is still applicable and relevant today. We must be diligent, intentional, and focused on helping others follow Christ. We are living in a season where self-absorption is the norm. However, Jesus was always about others. He said in Luke 19:10, “I’ve come to seek and save them that are lost!” Jesus understood the value of others. We are to be more concerned about others than ourselves. That is a tall order for many of us today. I often find myself fighting the desire to please self and to get what I want! That attitude is the opposite of Jesus. Paul reminded us to have the attitude Jesus had when He humbled himself and became one of us. He cared for us and we are to imitate Christ! Jesus invested the majority of His time in the lives of twelve men who would then do the same. This is disciple making. Who will you invest in next year? Making disciples is not a program, but a lifestyle of walking with others through life. When everything is said and done, the question will remain, “How many disciples did you make?”
2017 awaits, so let’s make it a year to remember for the Lord Jesus Christ!
Paul Strahan, Pastor