Do you make New Years Resolutions? I do. But it’s more of a to-do list for myself than it is a fancy list of “resolutions”.
As 2015 is coming to a close (I can’t believe I’m even saying that), it’s time to sit down and evaluate how the year went and what we would like to see happen in our own lives in the coming year. My list this year includes some pretty common things ranging from losing some more weight (can I get an amen?) to reading/writing more, practicing my violin and piano more, etc but I also have some pretty big personal goals I would like to achieve in the coming year. Some things are easy to let slide as life gets busy and we tend to then just say “oh well, I’ll try harder next year” but is that really what Christ would want us to do?
One thing that I’ve “let slide” for various reasons is my participation in my church’s weekly visitation program. Oh, I’m still very vocal about my faith when it fits into a conversation or I’m given the opportunity to speak but it’s hard and “uncomfortable” to get out in this Northland weather up here in Wisconsin to knock on doors and tell people about Christ. I’m just going to say it. I’m a whimp! I’m owning that. I don’t like the cold. I have a bad back and it just gets more and more painful the colder I get. It’s not pleasant for me personally to bundle up and go door to door in -30° weather to simply be rejected by the vast majority of people I talk to.
But I’m wrong.
My attitude is wrong. My focus has been on me and my own comfort rather than on my disobedience and disregard for the Great Commission. I’ve allowed myself to consider ME when I should really only be thinking about HIM. When we go out knocking on doors to invite people to church and (hopefully) talk to them about Christ, what we are really doing is going door to door with the love of Christ. Our goal is to show people the love of Christ. I plan to change my focus in 2016. I am praying the Lord will purge me and cleanse my eyes of my own selfishness so that I can see those around me with renewed vision and with the love of Christ.
Now I know not every church has a weekly outreach program for members to be involved in, but what does your church do? Are you involved? Do they have discipleship classes you can participate in? What about prayer teams? Is there a children’s class you can volunteer in as a helper? Does your nursery ministry leader need more helpers so she can actually be in a church service every now and then? Has the Lord blessed you with any musical talent that may be an encouragement to others in the services?
I strongly encourage you to evaluate yourself this holiday season and ask the Lord to show you some area of his work in which you are lacking. And then, commit to see that changed in 2016.