The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23
A familiar song is inspired by these words, penned by the prophet Jeremiah:
“Great is Thy faithfulness, oh God my Father, there is no shadow of turning with Thee; Thou changest not, Thy compassions they fail not, as Thou hast been, Thou forever will be. Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness! Morning by morning new mercies I see; all I have needed thy hand has provided. Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me.”
As a new year is dawning, 2014 rises with great potential. The questions I often ask myself, during times of transition, center around how I can make myself a better person. Eat less, exercise more, go to bed earlier, watch less TV, read more books, and the list goes on and on and on. The problem is my self-sufficient methodology is insufficient; it is more often motivated by my fears of what others think than what God thinks. When in truth what others are thinking is rarely trustworthy. Does that mean that I should not eat less, exercise more often, and get more sleep at night? I should absolutely do all those things, but for most of us the motivation to do this is lacking. We cannot sustain this kind of life change apart from heart change. Our lives are redeemed for His glory not our own. As the verse and the song say above, “Great is His faithfulness,” not ours. Our lives should be progressing toward Christlikeness because of His faithfulness and for His glory.
How can we maintain a focus on that goal, His glory? How can we daily lift our eyes away from self-sufficiency and onto His faithfulness? How do we fix our minds on what God desires and not the crushing expectations of self and others? There is only one standard and guide for all of life; only one place that leads us to knee-buckling humility, selfless dependence, and courageous obedience. That place is the “B-I-B-L-E, yes that’s the book for me”. I am calling the church that gathers at Crossroads to renew their commitment to reading GOD’S WORD. I want you and I together to find the joy of PEACE in the TRUTH contained in GOD’S WORD.
Membership matters here at Crossroads there are three biblical principles that govern our membership: FAITHFUL ATTENDANCE, COMMITTED SERVICE and GENEROUS GIVING. I believe the undergirding foundation of that covenant of membership is our commitment to reading God’s Word daily as the ultimate source for truth and peace in this life.
In 2014 let’s commit ourselves to regularly reading God’s Word.