The year 2010 marks a year of much excitement yet much uncertainty for my family and me. This past weekend we arrived in Madison as we begin our church planting ministry. From all accounts church planting can be incredibly rewarding and exciting but also incredibly difficult and draining. We have many questions–how will we start the church? Who will help us? Will anyone come?
I am sure as the new year starts you too have questions concerning the future. The economy is still down, jobs are still being cut, terrorism is once again front page news, and on and on. Without question we live in a most uncertain world, a world that offers us no real hope. If you take away death and taxes there it would seem that their is nothing we can count on.
However, despite the uncertainty this life seems to offer, the Scriptures are clear that there is always one thing that is constant–the Lord Jesus Christ. One of my favorite verses in the Bible declares Jesus to be “the same yesterday, and today and forever.” The writer of the book of Hebrews wrote this to a group of 1st century Christians who were looking in the face of looming persecution. The author uses this letter to not only show how Jesus is the great fulfillment of the Old Testament but also their only true hope in whom they can put their faith.
As the year 2010 begins let us hold to the truth that despite what life throws at us this year we can be assured that our Great God will always be consistent. Let this truth guide our prayer lives, fuel our passion for the spread of the Gospel, and be our greatest assurance. Let your hope this year “be built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness”.