Hopeful Greetings of the New Year 2011 to you. Let us give grateful thanks to the Lord for all His merciful blessings in the past years and for His great faithfulness in granting us another year to serve Him more vigorously for His glory. Amen.
Goal for 2011: Connect, Care & Be Complete. As every year, the Lord has impressed upon my heart a familiar passage but with new insights as Goal for the new year. We all communicate but a few connect with others. In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord gave many practical principles to develop our relationships with others. In the passage from Matthew 5:43-48, we see the need to connect even with those whom we don't like or who hate us– our enemies. And also loving those who do not love us and greeting or blessing strangers. We may think, why should we do these? Because our Heavenly Father does! And if we want to be His children, and want to be perfect, we need to connect with all sorts of people, not just with those who love us or with whom we are comfortable.
The Lord Jesus Christ gave His followers a higher standard and an excellent goal which seems unattainable by our own strength. Hence, we need His grace to enable us to connect with different people for His sake. God has a purpose in leading us to people or leading people to us. He wants us to connect with people so that they can in turn be connected to Him. God wants to use us as catalysts wherever we may be, to bring draw people unto Himself. We have the best example of the Lord Jesus Himself, who demonstrated in His own life on earth, as He met and connected with so many variety of people. We also have a practical example from the life of Apostle Paul.
Apostle Paul testifies in 1 Cor 9:19-23, saying how he identifies with different people so that he could win them for Christ. 1 Co 9:23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.
Paul's main purpose and passion in life was to win souls for Christ. To achieve this great goal, he met so many people at various places during his travels. He made sincere efforts to identify with people so he could share the gospel with them.
Let us commit ourselves to practice these principles of Connecting with others, Caring for each one and to become Complete, so we can present each one complete (perfect) in Christ as per Colossians 1:28-29. Amen.
As the Lord enables and His Spirit enlightens us, in the coming days, let us learn more on how to connect, care and be complete.
God bless you as begin to understand His Word in a new light and put into practice to bring glory to Him. Amen.