Monday, January 3, 2011

A Vital Part of the Kingdom of God

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.   -II Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) 

The snow has all melted in our area and even though some warmer weather would be nice, I always somehow miss the snow when it’s gone.  After a good snow everything always looks clean, bright, and new.  Walk out into the snow on a clear and crisp night, breath that cold air and you will be reminded that you are indeed alive.  With this reminder comes the realization that God has a plan for our lives and we are a vital part of His kingdom work.  Let us not neglect all that the Lord has in store for us to do. 

Countless people become discouraged this time of year and begin to wonder if spring and warmer weather will ever arrive.  Consider that these changing seasons have been going on since the beginning of creation and we can move forward with great assurance that they will do so once again.  Until then, move forward with a glad and grateful heart.  Stop and count the blessings that the Lord has given.  Any one of us could just as easily be lying in a hospital bed facing a serious illness.  Be thankful we have the strength to persevere and walk through our days. 

Consider also the wonder working power of the Holy Spirit in us.  We once were in a hopeless and lost condition, but through faith in Jesus Christ we have been given a new start, a new outlook, and a new lease on life.  The old lost person we once were has been replaced with a brand new creation made possible by the Lord Jesus.  Christ can take all aspects of what we once were with all of our weakness, faults, and flaws, and make us into productive and vital participants in His will.   

Rejoice and be glad today, for the Lord has a plan for your life.  He knows you and wants to lead you to the abundant life in Him.   

Trust the Lord and move forward in faith today.

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