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Every year’s resolution

“What is God’s will for me?” / “What is God’s will for us?” is a common question for Christians at any time of the year and at any time of life.  But the start of a new year is a natural time for reflection of the past year and anticipation of the next year.  There are some things that should always be there in answering that question like love God, love your neighbour as they are for everyone always.  But what about God’s will for us in our specific situations and circumstances as individuals?  As churches?

There is one thing that God always wants for us and others, that so often gets put on the list of options rather than essentials, something for some rather than everyone, one thing that the Bible says clearly God wants but we so often miss or relegate to a lower or separate division.  1 Timothy 2 verse 4 says that God wants all people to be saved, for all people to know God as Saviour through Jesus the one mediator who gave himself as a ransom, compensation, pay off for all people.

We can see this in the life of Jesus who said He came to seek and save what was lost (Luke 19 v 10) and therefore God wants the same for us (John 20 v 21).  So whatever else God wants for us, however it works, He wants us to join Him in His mission to save people from being apart from Him and missing out on the life He has for them.

So how should that affect your plans for this year as a church?  Is evangelism always an agenda item at your leadership meeting, a focus of corporate prayer, a feature of sermon applications, and a priority in church diaries?

So how should that affect your plans for this year as an individual? Is evangelism always in your head at work, in your heart at rest and in your words at play?

Make it your New Year’s resolution.  Every year we tend to break our New Year ‘s resolution as other things in life squeeze out what we set out to do at the start of the year.  But this one is too important to let that happen.  So make it your resolution every year.

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