Not only is summer long gone, it seems that autumn snuck in and back out before we knew it. The warm fall days almost tricked us into believing that winter was a long way off. It is coming whether we like the weather or not. Some things are simply unavoidable.
There are many things in life that are avoidable. We don’t have to go to church. We don’t have to read the Bible. We don’t have to pray or serve like Jesus did. Nobody is going to make you. Unfortunately, too often we take an attitude like a small child and we shout to God, “You can’t make me!” The reality is that God could make us do all of those things, but he chooses not to.
God wants a relationship with his creation that is voluntary and not forced. He wants a relationship that is real and not an act. God’s part of the relationship is that he always chooses to love us, in spite of the darkness of our sin. His love is never only in words. God shows us his love by his actions. He sent Jesus to the earth to show his love. To prove his love. To do what we could not do. Shouldn’t that motivate us to our love for him through our actions? Are those things that we could avoid, really the last things we should avoid?
As the 2016 calendar year comes to a close and we gear up for the year ahead, we want to take time to consider how our actions reflect God’s love for us. How does God want us to serve this community? How does God want to use us to impact the lives of people closest to us? How are we going to reach the ends of the earth with the love of Christ?
I pray that you’ll join us as we take a closer look at who we are as individuals and as a church, and how God would use us in his mission to the world.
May God bless you in all that you do and may you do it all for him.