I pray you had a restful and memorable Christmas season. As we start the new year there are two questions that need to be raised in our prayers, plans, and preparations. You may want to post them to your desk area, refrigerator, in your bible, bathroom mirror, or somewhere you can be reminded throughout the year.
- What do I want to accomplish this next year?
In Proverbs 29:18 we read, “Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained (perish – KJV), But happy is he who keeps the law.” (NAS)
If you don’t have a vision/goal for what you want to achieve in this coming year your time will be quickly lost as you utilize your energy and resources for things that perish. Happy is he who keeps his eye on the goal and completes the task. The rewards are worth the effort. God wants you to do much and will give you a vision for what you can do and become if you ask.
- Do I reveal Jesus in my daily life?
In Ephesians 5:1-2, Paul calls us to “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (NIV) We should reveal Jesus in all aspects of our daily life. As followers of Jesus, we look to his life to gain insights on our decisions and interactions. We must be careful to not give intellectual assent to the truth of the gospel without demonstrating true spiritual transformation. Others are looking at your life and following your example. That is why Paul says, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1 (NAS)
Lawrence W. Wilson asked these questions of pastors, but they are for all who believe in Christ Jesus. I pray we have the courage to ask these questions weekly as we follow Jesus together at Wayland in 2015.
May God bless each of you in 2015 as you walk with Jesus,
Director of Church Services / Assistant Professor of Religion / Assistant Director of Ministry Guidance