A New Start
We are reminded of the wonderful attributes of our Heavenly Father.
His love and mercy towards them that love and obey Him. As the Psalmsist said as far as the east is from the west so far as he removed our transgressions from us. We remember during Israel's long history the number of times they departed from the living God and fell into sin and idolatry. But how many times through His love and mercy he invited them to return and give them a new start.
In new testament times we notice many times that those that came first into the ecclesia lived irregular lives in the past. The Apostle Paul said that many of them that lived in their past lives, walked in lasciviousness, lust, excess of wine, revelling, and abominable idolatries. But now was a time for a change to live out the rest of their lives according to the will of God. So it is a hope and encouragement to us that regardless of how bad our past will be, we can make a new start.
As we approach the coming year, we are reminded that the long suffering of God still waits as in the days of Noah, not wiling that any should perish, that we are still granted time to work out our salvation and prepare for the Master's return. The preparation of the people of God is a lifetime work, not something that can be accomplished overnight. A lifetime of study, application and conforming our lives to the commandments of Christ.
We are thankful to our Heavenly Father for being able to have an ecclesia or a lightstand in this area, as well as all the other ecclesias in this country and the world. It is something that we cannot take for granted for we all have a responsibility to keep the light burning in the years to come. There is a job for all the brethren and sisters to do to make a deeper fellowship, and family spirit, and to make the ecclesia a better organization. It is our duty to try and grow and improve ourselves in our Heavenly Fathers service. Able to grow in the fruits of the Spirit, to increase our attendance at the meetings as much as possible and to keep our lamps burning and replenished with oil, awaiting the Master's return.
It is not a time for half hearted service in the Lords work, but a time for unity in work and prayer throughout the brotherhood.
A time for wholehearted cooperation, and purposeful community life. A time for diligent attention to our spiritual exercises.
The beginning of a new year is a time for self examination, both individually, and ecclesially. This is especially so in partaking of the bread and wine; but let a man examine himself, so let him eat of that bread, and that wine. It does not mean to look for faults in others but to look to ourselves to see that we are living the Truth. For it is upon the individual that the life depends. It does not depend alone upon the brethren and sisters who might seem the most prominent, however responsible the service that they might render. Every member is important to the welfare of the body. Every brother and sister contributes to the spiritual health of the ecclesia. We are called to a high and Holy calling to prepare ourselves for the Master's use. To live and reign with Him and share in that great work in the age to come, to show forth the glory of God.
Jesus said that He is come that they might have life and have it more abundantly. We are reminded of the brevity and the uncertainty of life, that it is like a vapor that appeareth for a short time and then passes away. The Psalmist David, said, so teach us to number our days that we apply our hearts wisdom.
We are constantly reminded during our lives that our days are numbered and that the time provided us is short and may be terminated by death or our Masters return.
So for this cause we need to use the little time that remains to be occupied in his work, so we might be ready at His coming.
As we enter the new year, God requires a reasonable service from us, as Paul said I beseech you therefor brethren by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto the Lord, which is your reasonable service, and be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove, what is that good, and acceptable and perfect, will of God. So in view of the greatness of God and His exalted position and those great and glorious promises, He deserves and requires a reasonable service.
The apostle Paul wrote: God will render to every man according to his deeds, to them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life. We all hope for this greatest of Gods gifts. Our lives are as a probationary period, whether it is long or short, determines if we are worthy to share in that great future in which all that have breath will glorify God and live in the Kingdom when the knowledge and glory of the Lord will fill the earth as the waters do the sea.
As we see the time of Christ's coming draw near let us draw nigh with a pure heart, in full assurance of faith without wavering.
To watch, to pray, to be steadfast, and to prepare ourselves for the great future that lies ahead for the people of God; Seeking His Kingdom First
During his absence we are instructed to occupy till He comes. To be engaged in the Masters service and to use our talents and resources doing the Lords will. In the little time that remains let us do what we can in the service of the glory of God.
The outlook in the world may be troubled, the future depressing and apprehensive, but we have this joy that we can see the end of the matter, the glorious future of Gods plan. The exhortation that is given by the apostle applies as ever before; But ye brethren are not in darkness, that, that day should overtake us as a thief. Ye are the children of the light, and the children of the day; we are not of the light , nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep as do others, but let us watch and be sober.
But thanks be to God which giveth the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefor. my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labor is not in vein in the Lord.
As we enter into the new year let us give heed to these things so we might be a part of that great multitude of the redeemed that will inhabit this earth in the future and glorify the great God for ever and ever.