VERSE OF THE YEAR 2017
I like to start each year with a verse from scripture to start my year. My word for 2017 is inspired by Paul’s writings in 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (ESV)
16From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
REFLECTING ON 2016
2016 has been kind to me with the birth of my son and a promotion at my job. I have also seen growth spiritually and numerically with my youth group at Church Alive which I am praising God for! With all of these blessings, I am very much aware that this year has taken it’s toll on many, especially those I am close to. I have had friends that have heard the paralyzing news that they have cancer, that their parent has past away, that they lost loved ones in a house fire, and sadly the stories continue. The general election brought with it fear on both sides of the aisle, and even though there was a winner, there is still those who are afraid of what President Trump’s policies will be on our immigrants. I want to be sensitive to those feelings as I seek to be a better representative of God and not allow my views to burn bridges on good friendships.
The Apostle Paul tells us that we who have been reconciled to God through Jesus Christ are now ambassadors of his message. His message is the gospel and how this life changing message can make us right with God. It is truly good news!
As I was researching more about being an ambassador for Christ I came across an excellent article by Chris Patton on his website. Mr. Patton seeks to help businesses realize how they can forward the gospel. The article titled Ambassador for Christ – What Does That Mean? explains that an ambassador is a dignitary that lives in a foreign land for a period of time while building relationships and representing the desires of the king. In my case my King is Christ Jesus, and my message is his message, I am his ambassador.
MY WORD OF THE YEAR FOR 2017
In 2017 my word EXPAND. I believe this word shows my heart for God and neighbor. By expanding on relationships, my ministry, and my heart I believe I will be more apt to find common ground with others, learn from them, and share Christ’s message of salvation. I believe that God will take me to the next level as I follow His direction. I believe that He will bless my ministry at Church Alive and my summer mission’s trip to Montreal Quebec as I expand my relationships and share his message.
I pray that 2017 will be a blessing for you! What is your word for 2017? Please share in the comments!