By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. -Hebrews 11:8-10 ESV
As you look back at this last year- How big is the list that is titled, “By Faith- this year- I stepped out and did…? How big of a list would that be as you look back? As you set goals for the NEW YEAR, how big is your list: BY FAITH? God has given all Christians varying measures of faith- see 1 Cor 12:9, Romans 12:3-8. This is the faith with which we receive and use our varying gifts. It is the ordinary daily faith by which we live and minister. This NEW YEAR, may you have GREAT FAITH and move closer to GOD and AVAIL and COMMIT to HIS WILL for your life!
Leader, in the book, “Mere Christianity”, C.S. Lewis says: “Hope is one of the Theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next.”
Conduit, “The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth “thrown in”: aim at earth and you will get neither.” Friend, I PRAY your focus for the NEW YEAR be the WILL and KINGDOM of God our Father! May 2018 keep you FOCUSED on living life LIKE IT MATTERS and bring you closer to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. Deo Volente!