As we start a new year, we are one year older. One more year closer to Heaven. One year less to make a difference in this world. Have you accomplished what you think God wants you to accomplish on this earth? How are you going to let God do great things in you and through you? How are you going to team up with God to change your life, your attitude, your character, your actions and words to be more like Jesus? What are you going to do differently to connect with God and team up with God to do great things?
Do you remember when Jesus was 12 years old and talking with the leaders in the Synagogue? After that challenging conversation and situation, "Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and favor with men." Luke 2:52
We see the second person of the trinity, Jesus, growing in four important ways. We need to always continue to follow Jesus' example in growing in these areas as well.
-Intellectual Growth: What do I want to learn this year?
"Do yourself a favor and learn all you can; then remember what you learn and you will prosper." Pr 19:8 (GN)
-Physical Growth: What will improve my health this year?
"Being cheerful keeps you healthy. It is a slow death to be gloomy all the time." Pr17:22(GN)
"In Favor with God"
-Spiritual Growth: What will deepen my relationship with God this year?
"Grow in spiritual strength and become better acquainted with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 2 Peter 3:18 (LB)
"In Favor with men"
-Social Growth: What will be my ministry to others this year?
"God has given you some special abilities; be sure to use them to help each other." 1Peter 4:10 (LB)
Take time to pray, think, reflect and write down what God is calling you to do. A dream becomes a goal when we write it down.
Praying that each of us would become more like Jesus and grow in these areas.
Pastor Chris Reinertson enjoys all sports, especially those involving a ball. He loves to hang out with people and challenge them to be Jesus REVolutionizers.