It seems like only yesterday people were afraid the world was going to end when  the clock struck 12:00 am on January 1, 2000. Now we are turning the calendar to 2020. On January 1 we will enter a brand-new decade. As the Steve Miller Band put it in 1977, Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the future.

Time slippin into the future is a reality that we all face. It seems like only yesterday I was trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life, now I am actually trying to figure what retirement will look like. (No, I am not retiring, I’m only 53) You know the day will come when we will all reflect back upon our lives and wonder if we made a difference.

As time keeps on slippin into the future we tend to want to hold on to our past, whether it’s good or bad. We all have a past, and it is behind every one of us. There’s nothing we can do about it. But we can make decisions for a better today and tomorrow. Paul puts it this way, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14

So, what are you doing for a brighter today and tomorrow? How are you going about being all that God wants you to be? The best husband/wife, the best dad/mom, the best son/daughter, the best teacher/student, the best employer/employee, you get the picture.

The question we must answer that will affect the fore mentioned scenarios is how are you going about being the best follower of Christ that you can be? Salvation is free, it’s a gift. However, spiritual growth and maturity take a lot of work. What are you putting into your spiritual pilgrimage? If you’re just sitting back and waiting for God to work miracle after miracle and impart upon you some great spiritual knowledge and mountain moving faith, then you are going to be disappointed.

As we prepare for 2020, I would ask that you meditate on the scripture above. As a follower of Jesus, what does it mean? What does it look like for Christ to live in us?

“Jesus In Me” is our theme for 2020. As we move into the new year, our focus will be identifying practices (spiritual disciplines) and equipping individuals with the tools necessary for practicing said disciplines with the desire to see individual and congregational spiritual growth. Of course, it will be up to each of us to put those
tools into practice and do the work.

Paul told Timothy, 2 Timothy 1:6, to fan into flame the gift of God that was within him. As we move into a new year and a new decade my prayer is that each of us will fan into flame a burning desire to be more like Jesus in our daily lives.

May we pray the same prayer as Richard of Chichester, a 13thcentury English bishop “Day by day three things I pray: to see thee more clearly, to love thee more dearly, and to follow thee more nearly.”

Let’s fan the flame,

Pastor Don