Momentary stillness And the thought of stars. God of all creation, You steal my heart. When even the utterances of my spirit do not satisfy me, Your grace is enough. I find You in a moment and my love is complete.
I bought an old cupboard a few days ago. I wanted a cupboard with a rustic feel so I went looking for one in all the second-hand shops around town. I found one I liked, paid for it and brought it home to begin working on.
The idea was to clean it up but to keep it the rustic look. As I began to sand it down and clean it up, I believe that God showed me a picture of the work He does in our lives as He restores us.
And so a new year begins. Wow, it’s almost intimidating to think of everything that will happen in the next 365 days. All the good and bad and in between. Where will I be spiritually, seems to be the question in the forefront of my mind.
2017 was good. It had its challenges. It had ups and downs. But for the most part, last year was a good year. Spiritually, I grew in some areas and atrophied in others. Again, it was a good year, but how can I learn from last year and walk closer to the Lord this year?
I guess I’m thinking ahead and asking: “Will I be formed more in His image by the end of the year than I am now?” Here are some thoughts on approaching the year ahead…
In John 15:14 Jesus says: “You are My friends if you do what I command you.” And then later on in the great commission, He gives the following instruction to His disciples before He ascends into heaven:
“And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 NASB
Jesus didn’t give this command casually. He always modelled for us how we should walk, before asking us to do the same. Jesus Himself was baptised by John the Baptist and it was only then that the Holy Spirit descended on Him so that He could begin His earthly ministry.
So clearly being baptised is something we should do. But what is it? Who can get baptised? How does the whole thing work?
Ephesians 1:3 “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” (NLT)
Have you ever read a scripture like this and thought every blessing? Really? Like, I have been praying for my son’s asthma for months and months and he still gets a tight chest, and I have been praying for someone at work to come to the Lord, but nothing has happened yet.
I believe that the Lord really has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. He is a God of abundance and a good Father, why wouldn’t He? So then there must be a catch right? I mean, it’s not like I’m swimming in all the blessings I’ve been asking for in my prayers.
No catch. Just some good ol’ sensible parenting.