I am INVOLVED; I am prepared for eternity.

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” (Matthew 9:37)

We have been saved and redeemed and called into the family of God. We have been shepherded, looked after, and cared for. We have been edified within the Body; we have grown and matured in our faith. The next step? The next step is to look around—to look around and see that there is work to do: within the church, we can use our talents and skills and abilities so that our fellow believers could be edified and God, glorified… outside the church, we can be the hands that would reach out to those looking for help, looking for hope, looking for God.

Our Lord and Master is calling on us to act. To be His hands and feet, to be His instruments, to be His servants. Will we heed His call?

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I am EMBOLDENED; I am prepared for eternity.

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (Acts 1:8)

As recipients of God’s mercy, we are called to witness. We are called to tell our neighbors, classmates and colleagues, friends and family, that they are loved and cherished by God. We are called to tell the poor, the sick, the chained, and the abandoned that provisions, healing, freedom, and acceptance–along with deliverance, hope, salvation and life–can be found in Jesus.

But how? We need power, not of speech or persuasion, but power from on high: the supernatural anointing of the Holy Spirit who alone touches hearts and transforms lives.

So before we go and witness, let us first stop and kneel. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to fill and saturate us, to empower and embolden us, that we may powerfully testify of God’s loving mercy.

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I am VIGILANT; I am prepared for eternity.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

The world we live in is fraught with evil: injustices, crimes, wars, moral decay, and systemic evil. All these and more call to us, tempting us to turn our backs from God.
But no matter how hard the pull may be, we must not succumb. We must resist the enemy and his temptations at all costs. Because it is our one soul, our eternal irrevocable destiny, that is at stake.

So let us keep our guards up. Let us not allow even a little entry point for the enemy to come into our lives. Through devoted prayer, careful study and living out of the Word, regular quiet time, participation in the fellowship of the saints, faithful service in the ministry, and engagement in other faith-building activities, we renounce sin, denounce the enemies’ attacks, and stand against anything that would take our eyes off of Jesus Christ.

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I am RECHARGED; I am prepared for eternity.

I am RECHARGED; I am prepared for eternity.
But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. (Malachi 4:2)

Half the year has already passed and you sure had your share of stresses and strains, heartaches and disappointments, challenges and trials. There are the daily rigors of life: chores to do, tasks to accomplish, bills to pay, children to attend to, and people to deal with. Then there are the problems of life: a severe illness, an impending layoff, a collapsing business, a painful betrayal, a broken relationship, a deceased loved one.

All of those may have left you feeling physically weak, mentally drained, and emotionally shattered. You may have even lost all hope that you want to throw the towel and just give up.

The good news? There is Someone who can recharge you–body, mind, and soul. There is Someone who can give you new strength and new hope and new life. If only you would come and claim the rest He offers. If only you would cast all your worries and anxieties to Him. If only you would allow Him to embrace you, restore you, revive you.

What are you waiting for? Come to Jesus.

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I am FREE; I am prepared for eternity.

You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness. (Romans 6:18)

The work of salvation was already completed. Jesus Christ did step out of heaven and into this earth. He did suffer, He did endure the Cross, He did die, and He did rise again in glory. It is done.

So why still live as a slave? Why still live under the shackles of sin and death? Go and receive God’s gift and be free: free to live and breathe and move for God… free to live under His grace and mercy… free to live in righteousness. You’ve been set free, so live like one!

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I am called to be holy; I am prepared for eternity.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8)

Jesus’ teaching on holiness targeted the heart. In this verse, He did not command us to be pure in speech, ways, or spiritual activities. Jesus said: be pure in heart. BE HOLY. He aimed at the center of man’s being from which all thoughts, words, and actions come.

For if a man speaks decently yet delights in foul thoughts, acts with goodness yet harbors wicked motives, or sings in the church yet rejoices in the misery of others, what good is there? His heart’s sinfulness invalidates them all.

This month, let us relentlessly press on in our pursuit of holiness. Let us guard our hearts. Let us not leave any room for Satan to triumph in our families, in our communities, and even in the church. Once we do, not only will our sinful, distorted vision be cured, but we shall see the greatest and grandest spectacle we look forward to in eternity—JESUS.

I am redeemed; I am prepared for eternity.

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— (John 1:12)

Entry into eternity is based neither on our benevolence to others nor on our service to God; entry into eternity is based on our relationship with God.
As we reflect on Jesus’ sacrifice and triumph on the Cross, let us also reflect on our relationship with Him by honestly asking these questions:
• Have I received Jesus in my heart? Have I given Him not just a room in my heart, but my heart? All of it?
• Do I believe in His Name? Have I put my trust in Him? Have I entrusted my life to Him that I can truly say, ‘Your will be done, Lord’?

May our answer to all those be a resounding ‘AMEN.’ But if not, then, now is the time to do so. Now is the time to receive Him. To believe in Him. To accept His offer and be His beloved child.

I am FIRED UP; I am prepared for eternity.

Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, (Luke 12:35)

What does it mean to be fired up? It means being dressed ready for service, with lamps burning.
In ancient Eastern countries, servants wore long garments which must be tucked tightly if they were to perform any duty that required extra strength and agility. Also, when their master was out, servants had to keep their lamps burning so they could open the door upon the master’s first knock, whatever time he returns.
As we await our Master’s return, may we, His servants, be dressed ready for service, eager to do whatever task He assigns us. May He also find us with lamps burning ever so brightly, undiminished even through the winds and gales that may assail us.

I am DEVOTED; I am prepared for eternity.

Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8)

Are we devoted to God? If we say yes to this, then we should also be devoted to others: family, friends, relatives, neighbors, classmates, officemates, even strangers. How can we claim to love God yet dishonor our parents, betray our friends, hate our relatives, despise our neighbors, bully our classmates, spread rumors about our officemates, or disregard strangers?

We cannot choose whom to love because God sent His Son for everyone. Not just the likeable or the loveable, but everyone. Especially the unlikeable and the unlovable.

I am CONSECRATED; I am prepared for eternity.

Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.” (Joshua 3:5)

Waiting for the Israelites was a miracle beyond their imagination: the waters of the Jordan River would stop flowing and would stand up like a wall so they could cross it on dry ground. But for them to experience this, there was one condition: they must consecrate themselves.

Similarly, waiting for us is a year full of miracles and wonders beyond our imagination: God’s blessings and provisions, protection and deliverance, comfort and presence, peace and joy, love and mercy. But there is one condition: we need to be consecrated. We need to be set apart for God. We need to devote ourselves fully and solely to Him.

So let us begin 2021 by choosing God. Let us throw away any sinful thought, emotion, and deed that could hinder us from fully embracing Him.