January 1

January 1, 2021
by: Pastor Jim Cords
Ephesians 1:11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

As 2021 begins I am reminded of the transformative work that happens in our lives as we are united with Christ. It comes in part simply because that is and always has been God’s will for us. In this verse we learn that it has been God’s will for us even before creation itself. God’s intention even before He spoke the world into existence was to unite us with Himself. Then we learn that God has been and continues to make everything work out according to His plan.

We can trust that God will indeed work all things according to His will. As I reflect on this, I do not understand this to mean that each detail of what happens in our lives is the perfect will of God (this is what God wanted to happen), but rather that no sin in me nor in the world around me will be able to prevent God from causing all things to work together to accomplish His ultimate will to be done.

I am encouraged by this because I know that I often mess things up. But I am confident that God can make good even out of my messes. I am also encouraged because I know there are messes all around me, that are beyond my control, but not beyond God being able to use them to ultimately work out His will. 

Now my prayer is that you and I can be guided by God’s Word and Spirit to cooperate with His will in and through our lives to bring blessings to those around us. We can be strengthened and encouraged to persevere in all circumstances knowing that God is at work in us and through us.

Happy New Year as you live out your calling as a child of God and witness to His Love.

Pastor Jim Cords


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