Every year comes with excitement, anticipation and, for some, a little anxiety. Perhaps 2017 has started like that for you. Last year may have been a great year, and you’re hoping this year will be just as nice. But maybe 2016 wasn’t so great and you want 2017 to be just a little nicer—a little sweeter.
When we start to go down that road of the “if only’s” of the past and the “what if’s” of the future, it’s good to reset our minds back to higher things. These things aren’t easily seen but are the best things to think about and strive for in a brand-new year.
In Ephesians 3, Paul, while in prison, reminds the Ephesians that though they are Gentiles, they are fellow heirs with him in Christ. Paul tells them that there are incredible riches in Christ. And even better than that—they now can have boldness and access to God through faith in Jesus!
He ends the chapter with a challenge of encouragement—that they would be strengthened and rooted and grounded in godly love. And the last two verses are fantastic verses for all of us to remember, not just at the beginning of the year but all year long:
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen. – Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)
We’ve seen the truth of these verses just in the faithfulness of God’s people giving through SBC of Virginia churches in 2016. God continues to amaze us and do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. The financial report for 2016 shows that Cooperative Program mission giving is the largest it has ever been in SBCV’s history—topping $9.2 million! On top of that, both the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering and the Vision Virginia Missions Offering exceeded their 2016 goals (see chart on next page). Praise the Lord!
Through your generous giving, God provided for the SBC of Virginia to host 30 encouraging opportunities across the state with about 7,000 people in attendance.
It’s easy to read it, but please ponder this for a moment:
He wants to do more in you and through you than you can even ask or think.
Wow! May this incredible promise guard your heart and mind and encourage you as you continue to serve and glorify Him in 2017.
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