Can you believe January 2017 is already in the history books? I mentioned recently in one of my weekly emails that time does fly. Job said in Job 7:6, “My days pass more swiftly than a weaver’s shuttle … “
I want to put things into perspective when it comes to the time God has given us. Rick Warren points out in his book, The Purpose Driven Life, that we each have around 25,550 days (27,010 if you go with a life span of 74 years). Here’s the question, “What are we doing with the days God has allotted us?” I don’t ask the question to guilt us into feverishly altering our schedule to appear like we are “working for our salvation”, but I think it is always a good thing to take inventory from time to time to see if we are honoring the Lord with the things that fill our day.
Spiritual Disciplines are good ways to measure how we use our time. We are in the midst of our sermon series, Staying in Shape: Spiritual Disciplines for the Soul. We kicked off the series by looking at being grounded in reading God’s Word. If you haven’t kept up with the one-year chronological reading plan, there’s still plenty of time! We are only one month into the year, and you can catch up as you soak in the Word.
How is our worship? Everyone worships something. Even the non-Christian worships something. The fact that 80 to 90 thousand plus fans can fill a football stadium on a given weekend tells us that everyone worships something. God’s created us to worship Him in every part of our lives. We have covered worshipping the Lord through confession, corporately through variety, and through lamenting. Let’s continue to worship Him with all of our being!
Furthermore, are we using our time to connect with the Lord through passionate prayer? I firmly believe that the Lord uses our prayers to bring about His will in the here and now. May we pray with consistency and with fervency for Christ to save many in 2017!
I know talking about finances can be seen as somewhat controversial for some, but I believe the Scriptures teach us to be good stewards of all the gifts and talents that the Lord has given us, and financial stewardship is one of the spiritual disciplines. How are we doing with giving back to the Lord’s work sacrificially? If we each do our part, think about how much can be accomplished for the kingdom in 2017 and beyond!
The Lord has been good to my family and me. You have been so good to us. Thank you for your prayers and your compassion toward us in recent weeks. Finally, thank you for allowing me to pastor one fantastic church family!