Never has a year been so hated as 2020, yet after just one week of 2021, people were lining up to cancel their 7-day free trial.
In all reality, however, history has seen difficulty before, and every year brings a new series of opportunities. As Christians, we have reason above all else to maintain a perpetual and unshakeable hope. Our King reigns, God is sovereign & good.
Every January, we pause and look ahead as a church family and ask the Lord to set our path and direct our steps. In consideration of 2021, we want to focus on these three things.
1. Rest in Jesus.
On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” (John 20:19, ESV)
On the evening of the resurrection, the disciples still find themselves fearful. They know the tomb is empty, they remmeber Jesus’ words, and they have hear rumors and reports of his resurrection… but still, they hide away in teh upper room.
But it is here, while their heads are swimming in a sea of uncertainty, that Jesus approaches his disciples and offers peace.
We do not need to fear because Jesus is near. He sees.
We do not need to be unsettled by uncertainty.
The pandemic, the economy, our relationships, marriages, our children, our health, our furutes… these are big overwhelming realities, but Christ is bigger.
2. Look to Jesus.
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. (John 20:20, ESV)
After Jesus offers peace, he reassures their hearst. He invites them to see his nail scars and spear wound. He calls them to look on him and he shows them the evidence of his love.
As we push through difficulty and seek to move past hardship, remember that Jesus is for you. He is with us and for us. So, look to him.
Read his word. Hear his voice. Learn his will. This is how we build our faith. – hearing the Word of God. And seeing him, we can rejoice!
3. Walk with Jesus.
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:20, ESV)
Nothing must detour us from his mission. Nothing must delay our calling. We must push forward making disciples for this is our commission.
“As the Father sent Jesus” we are likewise sent.
…sent with a mission to continue our Savior’s purpose.
…sent with the same urgency for the stakes are high and souls hang in the balance.
…sent with the same joy set before us that we might see the glory of God and experience his Kingdom.
Yes, going forward can be tricky, but we must move forward. …with wisdom, with boldness, with intentionality, and with the Holy Spirit.
So, in 2021, Let’s remember and be shaped by these truths:
(1) Christ is near and we are invited to rest in him.
(2) Christ is here and we are invited to know and rejoice in him.
(3) Christ is clear that we are commanded to live on mission with him and for him.
Whatever it takes, whatever the cost, let us be found faithful, making the most of our time for he is more than worthy.
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