Every year I follow a similar routine: at the beginning of the year I make a resolution, hoping to change or improve something about myself. These things often include exercising more, eating better, reading the Bible more, being more intentional with family, etc. On the first day, I usually begin strong, excited at the opportunity of transformation. Although I start off well, eventually the fire dies down, and any well-intentioned hopes of betterment fade away.
As we begin a New Year with promises we make to ourselves, we should also take the time to remember the powerful promise from the beginning of John’s Gospel: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:1, 5)
I find it helpful to remember that we are children of a God who understands the darkness and chaos of our world. As we face the uncertainty of the year ahead, we know that the light of Christ continues to burn bright. We may falter in our resolutions, but God remains faithful. And as receivers of this great light, we are then called to be reflections of faith, hope, and love for the entire world to see.
This year, we are excited to continue with the theme of bearing fruit, more specifically being equipped to take up the challenge to be “Fishers of men”. Jesus said “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Our desire is to raise up more workers at LOGOS to participate with God’s grand work of bringing physical and spiritual restoration through His salvation to this broken world.
My prayer is for LOGOS to be transformed from being a community of believers that gathers together on a weekly basis, towards a community that is being scattered together as disciples that intentionally make disciples. Our resolution this year is to move our church from a “Me” (individual centered) towards a “We” (church community centered) and ultimately to an “OTHERS” (harvest field centered) lifestyle.
LOGOS!!! That sounds like a rather lofty resolution, yet it’s one God yearns for us to strive toward. We will not be perfect little lights. We will undoubtedly fail time and time again, but what a great way to begin a New Year by remembering God’s promise! We begin 2019 knowing that Christ shines in and through us, and this light is brighter than any darkness that surrounds us.
Rev. George Mah