"You will see greater things than these . . ." John 1:50
Grace and peace to you from the Lord Jesus Christ. Despite the continued onslaught of the new variants of COVID-19, I extend my wishes that 2022 will be filled with faith, hope, love, joy, good health and prosperity for all of us. It is in God that we hope: “Know therefore that the Lord your God is the faithful God who keeps his covenant and love with those who love him and keeps his statute for a thousand generations” (Deuteronomy 7:9). An amplified version would read, “All our hope is in God’s faithfulness and He will keep His promises to His people: pardon them, deliver them, cleanse them, and when that time comes, give them rest in His kingdom.”
Many of us have experienced changed lives in 2021, resulting from sickness and personal losses. Some of us have experienced a challenge to our faith resulting from sickness, family problems, and either lack of desire or inability to connect with one another. Only you know if you have veered off the narrow path of faithful Christian living? Has your love for God weakened? Has your passion for church attendance died? Have you missed weekly fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ?
What are your plans for 2022? Is the cause for which Jesus gave His life of any concern to you? Never forget that God needs you for various kinds of ministries this year. The searching questions are, “How will your life’s schedule fit into the life of the church?” “What needs to change for you in order to become a faithful servant of Jesus during 2022?” “Where in your life do you sense a need for change and growth?”
I appeal to you that you allow God to affirm the positive things in your life and change what needs changing (2 Cor. 5:17). We are all a work in progress and we all grow in Christ at different rates. However, my prayer is that God’s intervention in our lives will manifest itself in our love for Jesus. Our church could use a big boost in regular attendance at congregational worship. We need serious and sustained evangelistic efforts, sacrificial financial giving, and an overall commitment to the weekly programs. We need to begin the renovation of the church building early spring. Join me in prayer, that we will be ready for the new things that God will be doing in us, and with us, and through His church. Please let the verse of the hymn below become your heart’s desire and prayer:
Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord, to Thee,
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my will, and make it Thine; It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own; it shall be thy royal throne.
Rev. Dr. Peter E. Grinion, Pastor