What Gifts Do We Bring

It’s not about what the year holds, but rather about what we bring to it.

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Galatians 6:7 – Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

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Today we enter a new year – 2021.  While yesterday was part of a previous year, it was, in reality, only yesterday.  And while today is part of a new year, it is, in reality, only today.  My question to you is not what you may believe the new year holds for you, but rather, what do you hold for the new year.  That should be the Biblical attitude of every Christian looking forward.  Did not the Apostle Paul write that when we come together as a congregation, that we should come to offer to the Lord that which is His, and to bring to the body of Christ that which is edifying to all? 

Yes, we all have needs.  But Father does not wait until Sunday to meet our needs.  He meets them for each of us individually.  We are His children in particular.  But when the church moves forward as the body of Christ, as the army of the Lord, the question is not what we can receive from the experience, but what we, as His ambassadors, as His heirs, as joint heirs with Jesus, as those who carry the authority and responsibility to do the very works Jesus did, and greater, should bring to the work at hand.

Beloved, 2020 is gone.  2020, with its COVID; 2020, with its political intrigues and strife; 2020, with its international bickerings and deliberations for war, is gone.  2020, with its sickness and disease; 2020, with its financial ruin for so many; 2020, with its racial tensions and hatred, is gone.  But before us is 2021; a new year, a new field for plowing and sowing, a new opportunity to turn our eyes upon Jesus, a new season to renew our commitments to righteousness, worship, honor, and service to the King of kings and His church. 

Let us put our focus on Jesus, the preaching, teaching, and declaration of His Word and will above all else.  Let us determine that we will not allow ourselves to be distracted by anything at all.  We will not be deterred by any dictate from any source that seeks to diminish the church and our obedience to the Lord.  we have been redeemed from the curse of the law.  Sickness, disease, poverty, lack, distress, oppression, depression, lack-mindedness, or sin-consciousness have all been defeated by the redemptive work of Jesus.  We have been made the righteousness of God, and are now redeemed, sanctified, righteous, and wise in Him.  Multitudes are waiting in the valley of decision for the light of the world, the church, to pierce the darkness, to break every yoke, to ride upon the high places of the earth, and to build to please the Lord.  Every believer has been gifted in some unique and special way by the Lord for this service.  Discover yours, rise up, stand forth, and shine for your Lord in 2021.

Manna for Today – Galatians 6:1-10; Mark 4:26-29; Luke 6:38; Genesis 1:9-13; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21;     1 Corinthians 1:30