“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies–in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1Pe 4:10-11
A New Year is upon us! What will it bring? What gifts, honors and glory? Trials and tribulations? Blessings and difficulties? What new and old things of remembrance? What loves and disappointments? What mountaintops and valleys? The new year is a time of looking forward but also looking back as we contemplate our walk and witness. How will we serve Him in humility, truth and obedience this year? How will we bow before Him in love and gratitude for the great things He has and will do for us now and in eternity? He is our Sovereign Lord, how will we serve? It is a large order indeed to contemplate.
As we look back at 2010, we weep for our sins and failures and for our lack of love of our Lord and His people and yes, for the lost. We weep for our world that is confused, lost, and dying without knowledge of our God. But thanks be to our God that He has called us to “strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees” (Isa.35:3) and to “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. (Php 4:4) and that rejoicing is a blessing given to us so that we might bless others with love and grace and continue in perseverance and service now until eternity. So then dear friends, as we begin our 2011, let us go forth resting in Christ and the knowledge of His Word with great anticipation for “all good things’ that will be for His glory in our lives and in the lives of others. Let us “rest” and “rejoice” in Him in thankfulness and prayerfulness for this new year and all that it brings for His glory and our good. Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift! 2Co 9:15
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