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2020: A Year for Perfect Vision?
Approaching a new year, we find ourselves in the same predicament; not knowing what to expect. Yet, the unexpected events of the new year may not be the same as the unexpected things of the old. As always, there will be great opportunities and challenges personally, nationally, globally, and ecclesiastically. But what will they be; boom or bust, terrorism, war, famine, peace…? There may be job changes, illness, global war or global revival, or persecution. Whatever happens will affect us here at Cayce UMC. It is here where the rubber of life meets the road of life. Here we confront the nation and the world. How are we to prepare for whatever comes? By standing close to the One who knows what we don’t, Jesus prepares us to bless and be blessed. There is always the Kingdom of God which raises us above the worries of the world to embrace the opportunities to advance the Kingdom.
In doing so we must avail ourselves of Christ’s provisions. These are encompassed in two resources: the Holy Spirit and the Book the Spirit inspired. These two bring spiritual growth to all who embrace them. Spiritual growth is not an option in Christian life; it is the expectation!
Peter writes: “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.” The purpose of the Bible is to grow us into spiritual maturity. The Bible contains foundational truths which we never grow away from, but also deeper truths by which we grow spiritually. These things not only have to do with being born of the Spirit (which is foundational), but also growing in the Spirit which causes us to be “doers of the word and not hearers only,” bringing us to maturity. In order to do the word, we must hear the word. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing of the Word of God.” In response to the word of faith received, the Spirit empowers us and spiritual growth and service occurs.
So, what is your outlook for the new year? Dive into the Scriptures with great expectations for growth. The church was born of Spirit. Can we grow without continuing with Him? -- Ben