As we close out 2022, one of the verses that come to my mind is, “Now unto him that is able to do excedding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” Ephesians 3:20
We have seen this verse come true in 2022 at AGBC! One of my prayers for 2022 was that God would let us do at least $100,000.00 in world missions, and God allow us to go over that. God has allowed us to start a new sanctuary and has given us several new families over the past six months. Verse 21 of Ephesians 3 begins like this, “Unto him be glory in the church.” May we never take credit for what He has done but may we daily give Him the glory He deserves!
Now we are entering a new year, and in the flesh, how can 2023 be any better than 2022? Our theme verse for 2023 is, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9 In context, this verse deals with a harvest.
The law of the harvest should guide our performance. What we are sowing is what we will reap. To see a harvest, it will take true dedication to the service of God. Note three simple things with me.
1. The Patience in the Dedication. “Let us not be weary in well doing.” Many of you are like me…we don’t have patience, BUT it will take patience if we are to see the harvest God has for us. I read this week that the average stay of a pastor in the U.S. is 3-5 years. I can honestly say that it was after I had been pastoring AGBC for ten years that we started seeing steady growth. We must be patient if we are going to see a harvest.
2. The Promise for the Dedication. “In due season we shall reap.” The law of the harvest says you will reap. One may question that after working hard for a long time without results, but God’s word promises results. “Due season” reminds us that all seeds do not yield results simultaneously. God's word means what it says and says what it means. God promises to reward our dedication to Him.
3. The Persistency in the Dedication. “If we faint not.” When results do not come as quickly as we want, we often faint; that is, we often quit. I have just finished several messages on this very thing. If you leave before harvest, you will not experience the results. This does not negate God’s law but condemns your failure in dedication. You have heard me say many times that anyone can quit; quitters are a dime a dozen, and it takes no effort to quit!
I genuinely believe that our church is beginning to reach some “due season.” I pray that you will purpose in your heart that at the closing of 2023, you’ll still be in your place serving God at AGBC! Can 2023 be better than 2022? “With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26