May 2018 Reflection

Time seems to go faster and faster. We spend a lot of time planning and preparing for things, events come and they go and we move on to the next thing.

As I sit and write this month’s reflections I have felt challenged by a reminder to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). To spend time with Him and to take that time (as the hymn puts it) to be holy.

Holiness is not just about what we do but who we are in God’s eyes and the more quality time we spend with God, holiness will continue to grow within us. We need time with God, we need quality time with God, we need to be still and to know that He is God, if we are to experience more of His holiness in us.

The challenge for this coming month is this, yes we have to plan, prepare and think about things, but let us get the balance right: let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

Hebrews 12:3 goes on to say “consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary or lose heart”. Staying focused on Jesus who has come to us, lived with us, died for us and risen again, will help us in our everyday lives.

If we take up that challenge, we may need some help, I want to remind us of what we said in our Sunday service on 22nd April 2018. To help us have this close walk with God, we need each other.

Christian friendship is so important (all friendship is but for now let us think about Christian friendship). We need to help one another, encourage one another and spur one another on, so that we do stayed focused on Jesus.

Life has many ups and downs, it has good times, it has disappointing times, it has challenging times; but what we need to remember is that God has given us His family so that we can walk closely with God.

Let me encourage us in this month to spend time developing and building friendships, let us open up our homes to each other, let us engage in the homegroups and as we said on Sunday 22nd, let us talk about our spiritual well being with our friends and pray with each other, so that we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and also so that we walk closely with Him.

Church growth is not just about growing numbers on a Sunday, it is about how we are growing together, are we doing what God wants us to be doing and looking out for one another.

Let me share a poem that was written about friendship and let us use this to pray for each other in this coming month:

I asked God to bless you
As I prayed for you today
To guide you and protect you
As you go along your way….
His love is always with you
His promises are true,
And when we give Him all our cares
You know He will see us through
So when the road you’re travelling on
Seems difficult at best
Just remember I’m here praying
And God will do the rest.
by B.J.Morbitzer, 1995

May this be a special month where we continue to walk with each other and with God through all the changing scenes of life, with love and prayers MATT