“Looking Ahead”Categories: Minister's Corner
As we closed 2019 and rang in 2020 … I have been thinking about a couple of things.
First, I am thinking about our family and friends who have gone on to meet their reward in Christ. I’m
reminded of the words of John the Revelator, “Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”” Revelation 14:13
Second, I am also keenly aware that we are a day closer to meeting our Lord! Every day we are closer to meeting our eternal destiny which should motivate us to do what is needed to make sure that we are in an active relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul says, “And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and
envy. But you put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provisions for the flesh, to fulfill its lust.” Romans 13:11-14
Then finally, it makes me aware of the massive job we have to take advantage of the opportunities that God places before us to share the message of His Son, Jesus Christ with those who are lost. People are dying every day without the saving GRACE of Jesus Christ. God is depending on you and me to help them come to know, obey, and live faithfully to Him. What an amazing responsibility we have as disciples to the One Who died for the World. Paul also says, “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. For He says: ‘In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.’ Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:1-2
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” — 1 Corinthians 15:58