I love this time of year.
I always find myself in awe of the mystery that you and I celebrate… that God actually became flesh. A human. Pause and think about that for a moment. The eternal entered time and space to become a person.
As Paul reminds us in Philippians 2:6-7 in talking about our Savior…
… who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped [held onto], but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
Why? Why would He do that, knowing what He would suffer?
Because His unrelenting, unquenchable, unmeasurable love could do nothing else. It was the only way to rescue those He created from the bondage of sin and death. There was no other option. And the idea of us eternally held captive, apart from Him, was more than He could bear.
That’s why in Luke 2:10, the angel said, “I bring good news of great joy.”
Now that’s an understatement! God entering our world to rescue us is, in fact, the greatest news of incomprehensible joy!
So as we come to the end of 2019, I want to encourage you. There is no greater mission than what you do. Bringing the good news of our Savior to a world that is just so broken is the greatest of all callings.
At times it can be exhausting – especially as we come to the end of the year. I’m pretty sure you’re ready for a break. And you’ve probably even questioned at times if it’s worth it all.
There’s this tremendous promise found in Galatians 6:9, which says,
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
What you do is the greatest good. Again, there is no more important mission. And what you do to contribute to that mission is vital. So know that as you continue to sow, God will indeed allow you to reap in His time and His way.
So let’s finish 2019 strong. And together, may God bless our work in 2020 so that more people can hear that good news of great joy!
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