By Pastor Tim Eaton
Another year has come and gone. What do you have to show for it? Did you grasp your goals for 2014, or have they eluded you? What held you back? Did you come close – taste them, perhaps – and then shrink back? Was it a year of boldness or of timidity?
If you answered yes to those last two questions, please, read on! Maybe you have heard about Jesus being meek and mild and want to emulate Him. But is that what He calls us to be? Let’s look at His example: “He humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross,” (Philippians 2:8)
But what does humbled mean? It does not mean that He believed less than the truth about Himself. Rather, it means He gave Himself in service to others.
A humble athlete doesn’t say, “I’m no good!” Instead, he says, “I will use my gift to serve the team!” That’s what Jesus has done for us, and calls us to do for others. He doesn’t call us to think less of ourselves. Quite the opposite, Jesus constantly calls his followers to step up and live the value He sees in them.
Maybe you feel like you don’t deserve what you are striving for. Are you concerned that God has turned a deaf ear to your prayers because of things you have done in the past? Quite the contrary! Jesus’ humble act of sacrifice has washed away all of these things. We have freedom from the shackles of past mistakes and missteps. Instead we have, “Boldness and confidence through our faith in Him.” (Ephesians 3:12).
So step boldly into 2015 with Jesus and call upon Him in times of need, hope, and joy!
Be BOLD and join us Sundays at Edgewater.
Edgewater Lutheran Church, worshipping at Harada Elementary, is located at 12884 Oakdale Street, Eastvale, CA, 92880. Contact them at (951) 479-5575, or visit their website at www.EdgewaterLutheran.org.