By Pastor Kevin Van Wyk
What would make 2018 a better year than any before it? What would you really like to see change in 2018?
We’d all like to lose 20 lbs., but would that really make life that much better? What if your income doubled, would that be enough? What about seeing a broken relationship restored? Many of you long for that too.
These are all secondary for me. I’m more concerned with the health of my soul. In December we celebrated Jesus bringing peace, love, joy, and hope. I want these things to define my soul, not the worry, anger, grief, and disillusionment that so quickly sneaks in. This is my desire for me and for our church.
So, what is my part in this? We know it is God’s grace working in us that gives any glimmer of experiencing peace, love, joy, and hope. However, we certainly can welcome God into our lives or close the door. Many have slammed the door; others repeatedly crack the door and close it. Unfortunately, few open the door wide to God.
I want to be one who opens the door wide to God, who passionately follows Christ and walks closely with God. It is written that Noah “walked in close fellowship with God.” (Gen. 6:9 NLT) Wouldn’t that make 2018 the best of all our years?
One of my goals for our church this year is that we…
Become passionate Christ followers who walk closely with Jesus; healing emotionally, listening to the Spirit, and obeying God.
In 2018 my preaching will focus on this goal, and I hope to provide groups, retreats, and resources to help us walk with Jesus. At the same time, I need to be careful not to over complicate this goal. It really only takes personal quiet time with Jesus. So, dust off your Bible, open it to Joshua, Judges, or John, and read it slowly. Listen for God to speak and your year will be better.
There will still be illness, conflict, and financial difficulties, but with Jesus we can overcome and still experience his peace, love, joy, and hope.