Wow, another year is in the books! As 2014 closes and we enter 2015, what should be our posture?
If we step back and ponder this last year in our families and across our world, our minds recall many joyous occasions as well as some hard times.
As we enter 2015, I’d like to share three Scriptures.
- In Matthew 6:9-10 Jesus prays what has become known as “the Lord’s prayer”… which actually served as a model prayer for His disciples. Although much history has passed since Jesus’ words in Matthew 6, His words still ring with profound application for us today. We as Jesus followers today are to be longing for Jesus’ coming full redemption in His coming Kingdom. In this regard, we Gentiles pray along with those original Jewish disciples for God’s Kingdom to come and His will be done in our lives and in this sin-wrecked world.
- In Matthew 24 Jesus answers His disciples' inquiries about the timing of the end of earthly time and the culmination of God’s coming Kingdom. In verse 14 Jesus says, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” The word Jesus used for nations literally is “ethnos,” referring to all ethnic/people groups. We know from Jesus that His Gospel message will resound throughout the people groups of the world leading to the end of this age and the coming of God’s Kingdom.
- Lastly, I think of Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (ESV) The author just exalted the wisdom of the one who listens and accepts instruction in verse 20. Now in the next verse he directs the reader’s attention to the time-tested surety of God’s will. Indeed the plans of mankind are numerous, but they don’t have the final rule. Often, as many of us will surely see in some form in 2015, God’s purposes for us don’t always align with our expectations. In 2015 may we acquiesce our will for God’s guidance, even when unexpected or uncomfortable.
Boiling it all down…
As we enter 2015, it’s no secret that our world is increasingly writhing in the birth pains like those depicted in Matthew 24 as all of creation groans for God’s coming redemption as in Romans 8. As we continue to see the wake of sin across our world, may we resonate with Matthew 6:9-10, crying for His coming Kingdom to come and His will be done. Yet, as we long for His full redemption, may we balance this in our minds with Matthew 24:14. We the church have been purchased with the price of Divinity’s blood for the purpose of heralding the central message of all time. So as we long for the coming culmination of all things, may our hearts ache for the scores of souls who still don’t know and embrace God’s redemption. So while we should long for God’s coming Kingdom, we should simultaneously be driven to lay our lives down for the sake of the mission set before us as seen in Matthew 28:18-10. In 2015 may we freshly narrow our focus to the clarion call of God’s blood-bought saints to spend our lives making disciples who make disciples who will join us when God does establish His future Kingdom!
Finally, as we persevere forward in 2015 for God’s purposes, may we recall the wisdom of Proverbs 19:21 and be flexible to the things God allows in our lives along the journey ahead.
As I write this, the following song plays in my headphones and I find it fitting...“Someday” by Disciple:"We will rise above...Someday we will rise above the pain of this world.Someday the grave and death will lose their sting.They’ll be no more tears and no more stain and our all our scars will fade away.Only love will remain, someday… until then we will hold on.”
May Jesus’ Fame truly Spread in 2015!