"As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." 1 Peter 4:10
2019 began with a fresh new chance to examine our lives and take stock of where we are and compare it to where we want to be. Often those goals are physical, financial, or personal, but Pastor White has consistently taught the House of Prayer congregation that it is the perfect time to examine our spiritual lives and be honest with ourselves about where we are and think about how we move forward as Christians. Was my focus last year really on how I can bring glory to Christ? Did I actually further the Kingdom? Did I have any sense of urgency about sharing the Gospel with a lost loved one or friend? Pastor White always teaches us that it is important to realize where we are, not to dwell in our failures, but to re-focus and move forward.
As we prepared for the upcoming year and this new opportunity, Pastor White spoke on the importance of serving and the importance of faithfulness. It is wonderful to serve, but it is more important to serve faithfully. He reminded us that is it God’s will for us to grow through diet (The Word) and exercise (faith) and the enemy is constantly trying to distract, or disrupt both. As we think about how to be faithful, he challenged us to consider our motive for serving. Why do we serve? Why do we spend time in God’s Word? It’s not because we are obligated to check off a list each and every year, it’s because Christ paid the ultimate price for our restoration, and by spending time in His Word and in prayer, we come to know Him better. We have a deeper understanding of His character, of His heart, and of His will. Pastor White asked us to consider our motivations because if we are motivated by emotions, by self, or by anything other than a love for Christ, we will not remain faithful.
"But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
So as we wrap up the first month of the year, I am encouraged not to be bogged down by my past failures, but to focus on what an impact I can make by faithfully serving this year. I am so excited to see what God has in store for not only myself, but the House of Prayer in 2019.
“Faithfulness is a choice, but it is based on our understanding of the Word of God. Faithfulness is a decision based on revelation.” -Pastor White