Welcome to the year of our Lord 2017! For over two millennia men and women like us have leaned into the incredible call Jesus has on our lives and the work he’s given to us. The call and the work are the most important things happening on the planet today.
The call is to follow Jesus – to know him – to become like him! I love the way Paul so honestly expresses this when he says: “I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward – to Jesus.”
You know the work he’s given us; it’s to make disciples. It’s what people who follow Jesus do. It is all about “making Jesus’ final words our first work.” You hear a lot these day about people wanting to “make an impact.” According to Jesus there is no greater way to impact humanity than to disciple another person. It’s not always super sexy - In fact it’s totally messy. But it works. Disciple making is ordained – and it’s the greatest cause on earth.
May your new year be marked by hope, confidence and a sense of urgency as we follow Jesus in the world as family. Again to paraphrase Paul, “We’re off and running, and we’re not turning back.”