The theme of this year’s state convention annual meeting was based on Hebrews 3:13, But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today.” Interesting isn’t it, that this was the theme determined three years ago by a team of leaders in our state convention of churches. Once again I am encouraged to see that God knows our circumstances before we experience them and He is always there with the answer. This time? “Be encouraged!”
What a year to need that message. We have been hit from many sides of the emotional spectrum this year. From a good, growing economy early in the year, to the largest unemployment rate ever. From a place of health (relatively speaking depending on who you are talking to) to a place of fear about catching a virus we have not heard of before. A life-threatening virus.
From a place of calm in our streets and communities to a place of riots and protests. As believers in Jesus and stewards of His bride the church, we are one people, one fellowship, serving one savior as one family of God. Southern Baptists repeatedly stated our stand against racism and as your Executive Director, I want to state that it is my desire to continue to push forward the idea that we are one people. I love the statement by Martin Luther King Jr, and I share this dream. It has been my measure along with God’s Word for years;
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
We have also gone from a place of church comfort to a place of church uncertainty for many and a place of church opportunity for others. I lived through the ’60s and I can say, I have never seen anything like this. The perfect storm of health, social issues and distrust.
- I am reminded as I reflect that we are always living in a world where God is at work (Phil 1:6, 2:13). I am confident that He is working in the midst of our current circumstances as well.
- I am reminded of Jesus telling us to be prepared for His return (Matt 24) which is closer every day and in these days, it seems even closer.
- I pray that we might be like the believers in Thessalonica who Paul describes as being a people who the “Lord’s message rang out from you” throughout “every place that your faith in God has gone out.”
With all of the turmoil and change taking place. With all of the possible things to fear. With all of the concerns that our troubled flesh can think up. Our mission, our purpose, our message of salvation and hope has not and does not change. He is King, He is our savior, He is our strength, He is our courage (Joshua 1), in Him we can do all things and face all things that come before us and in HIM we have the Hope of eternity to share with a lost world.
I hope that this encourages you today. I hope that you are seeking to be a person of encouragement for others every day.
Until Next Time,