Text: Joshua 24:1-15, John 15:5-8
Receive warm Christian greetings from the LUC Pastoral team. Happy New year once again! We hope you are all keeping safe and getting blessed and having doors opening in your life. We await to hear testimonies of your experiences in your daily walk with God. We keep you in prayers that God will continue opening doors of blessings in your families and close down those doors that need be closed in order to shape us up in our walk with Him.
Today we invite you to reflect from the texts above as we handle the topic on ‘remaining in the Covenant’. At the beginning of the year, we made vows before God and made a new covenant relationship to walk with Him and serve Him regardless of the circumstances. The Lord has spoken quit clearly in the theme of the year and we have continued to trust Him to open doors that no one can close. He will also be closing doors that no one can open as He has spoken in Rev. 3:7-8.
We therefore conclude our month of January by emphasising on the importance of remaining in this covenant. This is because in order to tap all the blessings of God this year, we must remain in His grace and never to waiver up to the end. Matthew 24: 15, “but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved”. And so, we require the power to start as God granted us to see the beginning of the year. We need the power continue and the power to end.
The point is this, in order to tap the blessings of God as promised in our theme this year, then we need to remain in Christ. The analogy given in John 15: 1ff is very clear. Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. There is no branch that can bear fruits unless it is fixed and properly fitted into the vine. It means then that we cannot bear fruits unless we remain in Christ. And consequently, the promises of God cannot be fulfilled with that attachment with God in Jesus Christ. We cannot claim healing and ignore the healer. We cannot claim the blessings and refuse to heed to the voice of the “blesser”(the one who blesses). We cannot be detached from the source of our blessings and just receive the good things from this same source. We must be connected with God throughout this year.
In the book of Joshua 24: 1ff, After Israelites were taken down the memory lane to help them appreciate God’s hand of deliverance in their journey, they were then exhorted to fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. To throw away the gods their ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. This is then followed by an admonition that if serving the Lord seems undesirable to them, then they choose for themselves this day whom they will serve, whether the gods their ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land they were living. Thus, remaining in the covenant is a free will. But then Joshua revealed his position about the subject matter and declared that “as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. Josh. 24: 15. And so may the Lord help us to choose to remain in the covenant of God and serve Him as we go along in 2021. There is an assurance of great blessings if we remain in Him this year and the rest of our days. All we desire will be given to us if we remain in Him. Amen!