The end of the matter

2019 closes out. 2020 looms large.

In all of it, with politics and anger, frustration, joy, loss, and victories… it is refreshing to me to end the year in Bible reading with Revelation. The end of the matter is summed up well here:

Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy. (Rev. 21:11)

The Lord is sifting his Church in America. We have steadily refused to recognize it the past 4 plus years, so the sifting will continue. Those doing wrong… well, they’ll stay at it. The vile… those, too. But, could we be the holy ones? Could we be the ones doing right? Could we be the ones who are thirsty for the presence of God and longing for the return of Christ?

He is coming soon.

The Gospel reading for the last day of the year was Luke 24. I love that story of Jesus teaching the two men on the road to Emmaus. My prayer for 2019 and 2020 comes from the end of Luke.

May I be in the company of those who have a burning heart. May your presence burn within me and may your Word come alive in my soul. May your Spirit saturate with me power and may my eyes be fixed on you, longing to see you face to face. Amen.

Happy New Year.

Photo by Daniel Gregoire on Unsplash

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