For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.(2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT)
2020 has arrived. This promises to be a very interesting year. The world around us seems poised to explode. North Korea, Iran, China, Russia are all rattling sabers. Immediately to the south of my home, Mexico and much of Latin America are convulsed with the plague of socialism and drug cartels. Here at home. the statisticians and social scientists are predicting the demise of the church while the politicians are trying to maintain power in a culture polarized into warring factions. It’s a formula for civil catastrophe.
As we go to church today, let’s remember three things. First, prayer changes things: let’s pray. Second, God has a plan for the year, for His Church, and for you. His plans are always good. Third, part of His plan is that you be part of a local church. You are not meant to do this alone – don’t even try. Get planted, get committed, and get on with the Kingdom of God. Start the new year by listening for the plan of God for your church family and finding a way to be part of it. It’s going to be vital.