My prayer for 2013 is that God will enable us to live a thankful life all the time and that the worship of Him will take a center stage in our lives.
My prayer for 2013 is also that Christians will love the Bible more and will be like the Bereans who whenever they heard a preaching, they received it with all eagerness but also examined their Bibles to see if whatever was preached was indeed God’s Word (Bereans 17:10).
My prayer for 2013, further, is that God will enable Christians to realize that Christ is enough and that we do not need to add anything to him to make Christianity more beautiful or more appealing. I pray that Christians will not be taken captive by empty deceit but will walk in Christ, rooted and built up in him (Colossians 2:6-8).
My earnest prayer for 2013 is also that Christians will not sick the ‘blessings’ without ‘the giver of the blessings’ for Christ once reminded us: “Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life which the Son of Man will give you (John 6:27).
My prayer for 2013 is that we will all seek to glorify God alone and in that way our lives will be meaningful.
May you have a blessed and gracious 2013.
This other day, I was attending a certain Christian gathering and one of the speakers at the meeting made a remark that ended up being my food for thought. The speaker said that one of the major challenges facing Christianity today is that Christians don’t want to critically examine various messages that are being preached in the name of Christ. It is true, is it not?
It seems very few Christian today bother to scrutinize various messages we listen to or read. As long as the speaker or the author is mentioning God or Jesus that’s fine. However, this tendency renders us susceptible to error that has serious consequences to both our spiritual and physical life.
We ought to be challenged by Bereans of Acts 17:11. Apostle Paul was a great man of God. Almost half of New Testament books were written by him. Yet when he went to preach in Berea, the Christians there never ceased to critically examine Paul’s message in the light of Scripture. This was not disrespect but maturity and the Bible strongly recommends the Bereans for this.
“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true” (Acts 17:11).
Christians today ought to be like Bereans by receiving the messages that are being preached with eagerness but we should not stop there. We should go further to examine if the messages being preached are true according to the Bible. This is a noble character.
And may add that you even examine the contents of this blog in the light of Scripture. That too is a noble character.