Lifeline, 1/10/2018


Well, we are ten days into the New Year. If you’ve made some New Year’s resolutions, I hope they are still going strong. While I did not make any resolutions this year, a new year is a good time to take stock of the past and re-evaluate for the future.  For me, it is a time to reset the heart.

There are three areas that I make sure to reset. The first is setting my heart to love God and others. This is the first and greatest commandment, according to Jesus (Matthew 22:37-40). My greatest desire is to walk in intimacy with the Lord. Then, out of this love, being able to love other people like Christ loved them. Because of His love for me, I am able to fully love Him and faithfully love others.

Secondly, I desire to set my heart to walk in obedience to God. On January 1, 1982, I made a lifelong resolution from Psalm 119:112, “I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.” (KJV) As my good friend, Grace Harris, told me, “Obedience is the love language of God.” It is the way we abide in His love (John 15:10)

Thirdly, I choose to reset my heart to walk with humility. I’m not sure about you, but my heart has a tendency to drift toward pride. Actually, at times it is more than a drift, more like a tsunami-driven wind is behind it. Pride causes me to become focused on me. Humility allows me to focus on Jesus and others. Humility is the key to receiving His grace (1 Peter 5:5).
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

I’ve hit the reset button to walk in love, obedience, and humility.  How about you?

Thankful for His grace,
Pastor Jeff