Tuesday, January 03, 2012

A Thought

“I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”  Revelation 21:2

I have never been one for New Year’s Resolutions because I never much saw the point.  We all have ideas for what we would like to see but if there is no plan of action or commitment to see resolutions to fruition, they are a lot like the pipe dreams we have for that day when we win the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes!  It’s fun to dream.

The Revelation is a vision – NOT A DREAM! - granted to John for the sake of the Church; it is the Lord’s Plan of intent – not a dream of wishes!  We have to decide whether our church is adequately “prepared as a bride”.  Do we have a plan of our own?  Are we committed to this plan?  We must evaluate where we are and who we are, and then we must compare this reality with the vision.  Are we where we need to be?  Are we all we are called to be?  What must we do to fulfill this vision?  It is not enough to fall back on “grace” because “grace” is what the Lord has done; we must commit to what we will do in response to that “grace”.

My prayer is that 2012 will be a year of renewed commitment and not just wishes.  My prayer is that the people of the Lord will experience revival.  My hope is that our Lord will see fit to entrust to our care the preparation of His beloved bride, the Church, and not ultimately be disappointed by what we failed to do with what we already have.

All of His blessings for 2012 to you and yours,

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