I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me.(Proverbs 8:17 NKJV)
Here it is! The first Sunday of 2019. For me, the first Sunday, even the first month of the new year, is the most important time in the local church. My personal practice has been to review what God has done and cast direction for what lies ahead. This is where those who are part of the vision come to be sustained, encouraged and empowered.
Most folks in the church are there because of their own personal need, whether it is for healing, ministry recognition, social interaction, or religious guilt-easing. All these will come and go, or they will move over into group 2. Group 2 is comprised of those who have attached themselves to the plan of God for the house. This is their church. They have an ownership stake. This month is for them and for those who will eventually join them.
I urge you to get down to whatever church you call home and listen for the pulse that beats there for this new year. Listen for a place to put your gifts and interests to work. God loves you even if you don’t do anything. You can make Heaven by faith alone. But you can never live out His full plan for you without being planted somewhere. Faith saves, faithfulness serves. Faith works by love. See you in church!