Amazing to think that 2015 is coming to a close in just two months. As we look forward to next year, our attention will focus on God’s desire for us to be servants of one another. (Galatians 6:10) With the business of life pulling at so many of us, it can be a challenge to prioritize things. You may remember a question I presented last Sunday, which was, “How much do we [I] need the church?” The reason I asked that question is simple: what I deem most important to me will have my greatest attention. Jesus worded it this way, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) As we read our bibles and see the history of God’s people, this truth becomes apparent.
For example, in Exodus 36, as the building of the tabernacle was about to be undertaken, something extraordinary happened. What was it? The people of God were so focused on doing God’s will and contributed (an overabundance) so much to this effort, that they were commanded to stop providing material for the project. (Exodus 36:6-7) I realize that such an example is humbling, but its intent is not to embarrass us (me); but rather, to reveal to us the possibilities when God’s people unite with purpose, looking forward to doing His will.
At times, the work can seem overwhelming. As Nehemiah gazed upon the ruins of Jerusalem, destroyed because of their disobedience, the task of rebuilding must have seemed challenging. Still, we read, “Let us rise up and build. Then they set their hands to this good work.” (Nehemiah 2:18) The rebuilding would not be without opposition from enemies or challenges from within, but they pressed on. They were looking forward, as God’s city was being built anew.
As we look forward to next year, we also will be faced with obstacles and challenges that will seek to distract us from our God-given goal; that is, to serve one another. We cannot do it alone! We truly do need each other. You are encouraged to take some time and prayerfully consider how you can be more involved with one another this coming year as we look forward to watching God work in and through us all.