Three Tasks for 2020

For my first sermon of the year, I shared with the congregation Paul’s words to the Thessalonians about how their faith had been noticed by the world. He wrote. “For the people of those regions report about us what kind of welcome we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols, to serve a living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath that is coming” (1 Thessalonians 1: 9-10). Paul commended them for turning from idols to serve the living God and to wait for Jesus.
I suggested that these three movements would be a good plan for each of us in the coming year!
First, let us each turn away from idols.
Now most of us don’t have a problem worshiping little statues that we attribute divine powers to; however, there are many things in our culture that clamor for our time and attention…things that can pull us away from a complete devotion to Jesus Christ. These could be behaviors, activities, or attitudes that are not good for us or pleasing to God. My suggestion is to choose one thing that diverts your attention or effort from growing in Christ and replace it with something that draws you closer to Christ.
Secondly let us serve the living God.
Ask yourself, “what am I currently doing to serve God and be a beacon for Jesus?” Then think about adding one new servant activity in the year to come. Or perhaps you might reflect on how you can take what you are already doing to a higher level. Whatever your decide, the idea is to be intentional about growing in service to God.
Finally, let us wait on the Lord Jesus.
For us in the 21st Century, I interpret this to mean adding a practice that enables you to spend more time in the presence of Jesus. Perhaps this could be a commitment to read through the Bible in a year or increasing the time you spend in quiet reflection and prayer before the Lord.
It is my belief that if each of us would take up this call to turn, serve, and wait in the coming year, we would see God more clearly working in our lives and in this world.
May each of you have a wonderful 2020!
Your friend and pastor,
Pastor Lee