Looking forward to 2017
Week beginning: 1st January, 2017 | By Andrew Myers | St Albans
'And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not.'Jeremiah 45:5a (RSV)
Inevitably at the start of a new year we look forward to what we hope the year may bring, and what we would like to achieve in it. Maybe ambitions at work? Promotion, recognition, or a great case or deal? Do you seek great things for yourself? "Seek them not", is what God tells Baruch.
Why? Because if you are a disciple of Jesus, life's purpose is not "yourself". Hopefully in 2017 we will achieve great things: great things for God, not for ourselves. Jesus said: "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me" (Luke 9:23, NIV). Lawyers, of all people, should understand the imperative, non-optional nature of the word "must".
When we look forward to 2017, we should (or, rather, "must") see 365 days ("daily") of taking up our cross, of denying self and following Jesus. Then He will be able to use us, even in challenging times, such as Baruch found himself in, to achieve truly great things, rather than just "man's empty praise".
1. Commit this coming year of 2017 into the Lord's hands asking for his will to be done as you live for him and his glory.
2. Pray for your fellow LCF members that they may be encouraged to speak about Jesus and live out the gospel in whatever circumstances they find themselves in this year.