What do you want God to accomplish through you this year?
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:13
I guess a better question to ask at this point in the year is “What have you seen God accomplish through you this year?” It is already the middle of November and another year has flown by. Take the time to reflect on what you have seen God accomplish through you so far this year. Also take the time to think about what you want God to accomplish through you in 2015.
As for me, this year has been absolutely life changing. I have seen God do amazing, amazing things. He made me a pastor. I still can’t believe that and am still getting used to it even after a year. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that God placed me at Lifeline Community Church. I have seen many broken lives that were off the narrow path get back on. I have had some of the best conversations with people. I am watching people who have said the prayer of salvation actually leave the starting line and start running the race.
I used to think that my goal as a Christian was to get as many people as I could to “receive” Christ. I thought that if I could get a bunch of people to “say the prayer” my life would be meaningful and impactful for the kingdom. I am learning that isn’t the case. The goal that God has commissioned me with is getting people who say they are Christians to do one of two things. A person really should get on the narrow path and start walking with The Lord, or stop calling himself or herself a Christian. There is nothing more devastating to the kingdom than a person who says they are a Christian and lives exactly like non-Christians. I should know, I was one of those Christians for years. I talked like the world, was immoral like the world, didn’t read the Bible (like the world), never really thought of God unless I needed something (like the world), and never really had any intention of fully committing my life to Christ . . . like the world
Thank God a very busy preacher took the time to sit down with me and show me what it meant to truly have a relationship with Christ. Through my sessions with Him, I learned how to deny myself, take up my cross, and actually follow Jesus. Was it difficult? Yes. Was it easy? No. Was it worth it? Absolutely! It is the greatest and most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life. It continues to be the gift that keeps on giving.
For the remainder of this year and all of the next, I pray that God will use me in the same way he used that busy preacher years ago . . . that I might take part in fulfilling Matthew 28:19 . . .
Go and make disciples.
What do you want Him to accomplish through you?