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    Joining the Father's Work

    January 9, 2019 Aaron Yoder
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    Faith, Commune Together, Leadership

    2018 has come and gone.  2019 is here!  Even though we are beginning a new calendar year, it’s important to remember that our God remains unchangeable.  We recall that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).  He was sovereign over 2018 and will be sovereign over 2019. 

    His desire to draw people to Himself remains the same (2 Peter 3:9).  The mission of disciple-making that He’s given to believers remains the same (Matthew 28:16-20).  His Holy Spirit’s work to sanctify and set apart people for His glory remains the same (1 Thess. 5:23, 1 Peter 2:9-12). 

    So as questions swirl within our culture about resolutions and goal setting, I encourage you to be asking a fundamentally different question: “What is God doing in and around my life and how can I join Him in that work?”  I believe that questions regarding the New Year ought to begin with His agenda, not our own. 

    Unfortunately, it can be easier to function more like this…  Imagine that you are living at home as a young adult and you’ve just awoken for the day.  As you enter the kitchen, you notice that the lights are on and your father (or mother if you prefer) is busy with something.  However, as your eyes adjust to the bright kitchen, you stumble past him and pour yourself a bowl of cereal.  Once you’ve had your fill and you’re feeling more awake, you lift your head up and ask, “By the way, what are you making, dad?”  He smiles back at you and says, “I’m making waffles, eggs, and bacon for our family this morning.  Plus, there’s a batch of fresh cinnamon rolls sitting on the counter to munch on until everything is ready.”  “Oh…” you pause before replying, “Why didn’t you tell me before I ate my cereal?”  He answers with a wink, “Because you didn’t ask.  But I hope you still have room for more!”

    Our Heavenly Father is always on the move.  He is working in people’s lives, on people’s lives, and around people’s lives constantly.  However, if we don’t take the time to pause, pray and listen, we may settle for the mundane when He’s inviting us into the majestic. 

    Over the past few months, I’ve been asking the Lord to reveal what He wants to accomplish in and through us at FMC over the next calendar year.  If you haven’t begun to pray in this way, I encourage you to.  Perhaps even consider joining us for prayer and worship on the first Thursday nights of each month! 

    Thus far, I believe that the Lord wants us to grow in areas of loving hospitality – both with one another and with those who are presently strangers to us.   I believe He is working to strengthen hospitality as corporate body of believers (through what takes place in the FMC building) and also through what takes place within our individual homes. 

    Another way to say it is this, “How could you and I be loving one another and loving our neighbors with more intentionality and vulnerability this year?” 

    But, I encourage you to test this direction, as the Worship Commission and Elders have been doing.  Perhaps the Lord is setting up a different kind of banquet.  Or perhaps the Holy Spirit may inspire you with specific life applications which will help us all! 

    Let’s take time to pray individually and corporately as 2019 begins in order to ask the Lord what He’s up to.  Certainty, His plans will be far more grand than anything that we could prepare on our own!

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