Firstly, to seek the Lord God – “4 Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him.” Psalm 105:4. JESUS invites us to seek Him wholeheartedly. What does it means to seek the LORD? It means to pursue Him and have the passion for Him. The psalmist demonstrated clearly in his life, “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple." Psalm 27:4. And he also expressed his desires for the Lord, “1 I search for you. I thirst for you like someone in a dry, empty land where there is no water.” Psalm 63:1. The best that we can do is just take time to be alone with the LORD and pour out our soul to Him without asking Him anything. Why seek the LORD? He have not been nor never lost, but we are lost without Him. The reasons we seek the LORD because we are desperate, we are dead in sin, we are doom to our own guilt, we are living in darkness, we just can’t lived without Him. He is all the world to us. He is our delight. Only JESUS can fulfill our desires and our empty hearts and make us content. What benefits will it bring when we seek the LORD continually? “11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13. There are benefits of seeking the LORD continually: 1) We will know God’s plan and purpose for our lives. 2) Our prayer will be answered. 3) We will be able to know the way, the work, and the will of God through the Word. My prayer for you is that God will stir is us a hunger and thirst for Him.
Secondly, to serve the Living Savior – The purpose of God’s saving grace is that we may serve Him wholeheartedly. “How much more is done by the blood of Christ. He offered himself through the eternal Spirit as a perfect sacrifice to God. His blood will make our consciences pure from useless acts so we may serve the living God.”– Hebrews 9:14. God wants us to serve Him. The moment we give our life to JESUS, we become His servant, Romans 6:22. God desires and planned this, even before the earth began, “8 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”–Ephesians 2:8,10. God is looking for someone who is available to say ‘YES’ to Him. Serving God means, wherever you are and whatever deeds you do, do them in Jesus’ name and give the honor and glory to God - that is a service that is pleasing to God. “11 Do not be lazy but work hard, serving the Lord with all your heart.”–Romans 12:11. Some of us have been faithfully serving God with joy. If you have not had the opportunity to serve in the church yet, consider finding a ministry opportunity in 2014. God’s intention is that we are an active part of His living body, the church. Share your God-given gifts to build up others. Through your faithful service the name of Jesus will be honored. My second prayer for you is that you will have a stronger desire to serve Him.
Thirdly, to spur each other on – “24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”–Hebrews 10:24-25. The word “One Another” was mentioned over 30 times in the New Testament such as: Love for one another–John 13:34-35, confess our sins to one another–James 5:16, pray for one another–James 5:16, bear the burdens of one another–Galatians 6:2, encourage one another–Hebrews 10:24-25, forgive one another–Ephesians 4:32, serve one another–Galatians 5:13, comfort one another–1 Thessalonians 4:18, have compassion for one another–Colossians 3:12, etc … these precious and powerful instructions are for our daily living as saints of God. How do we spur each other on? The sermon-based connection group is a good place to begin. By meeting together on a regular basis, we have the opportunity to do good deeds to one another, and as a result bring honor and glory to our heavenly Father–Matthew 5:16. Why we need to meet together faithfully? The Scripture teaches us that because the day of Jesus’ return is near. My third prayer for you is that you may meet together in small groups and to spur each other on.
Those are some honorable new plans for the New Year! My prayer for you, lastly, is that you will embrace these plans for your own life and for you spiritual growth. May the good and gracious God bless you richly!