The devoted Quaker, Thomas Kelly, once said, “People nowadays take time far more seriously than eternity.” How true! Too often, I find myself more concerned about my responsibilities and time restraints than I do about the actual eternal significance of my life. And I am the preacher!! You would think it would be easy for me to focus entirely upon eternal matters; but like you, I can allow the everyday activities of life to become distractions. Thankfully, the Lord often nudges my thoughts back to His priorities and His plan through His Word. Just recently, He has challenged me to plan intentionally for moments where I stop, pray, and listen. I am becoming increasingly aware of the necessity for Him to work in me before He can work through me. My hope is that His Spirit will stir in you in a similar way and that you will commit to slip away regularly from the busyness of life and pray (i.e. commune) with the Father. After all, God is not just concerned about the present moment; He is building us for eternity!
I am so grateful that the Lord has allowed me to pursue His eternal agenda with you, my church family. I continue to see Him increasing our unity, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry. Add to those remarkable aspects the overwhelming joy of the Lord and you can sense an eternal dynamic at play among us. Within this context, we must remain faithful! Keep making the worship services a priority! Keep inviting friends and family members to join you for Bible Study! Keep representing the Gospel to those in the community!
Over the next few days, we will have moments to pause and reflect upon His work in us and through us. My hope is that we will take advantage of these times, refocus ourselves on what is important, and thank Him for His incredible grace. So grateful for who you are and for what you mean to me! See you Sunday as we celebrate “Jesus: The Risen One!”