Pastor's Message

January 2020

What does 2020 hold for you? It’s the question that’s always implicitly behind our New Year’s Resolutions. We promise ourselves that we’ll do this or that in an attempt to become a better person, the one that we at least think we want to be. Who is that person that we’re really turning into? Is it our ideal self, or is it someone else’s idea? Sometimes we think about who we “should” be based on an image that other people want to impose on us.

 

Certain people had ideas about exactly who and what John the Baptist was meant to be. They asked him “are you Elijah? Are you The Prophet?” John is very clear: “No, I’m not either of those. I’m rather the one called to prepare the way for the Lord…” (John 1.19-28) Maybe a very good way for us to understand who we are called to be is to start with who we are NOT. People project identities upon us that aren’t fair. A healthy Christian is able to shake these off and ignore them. John understands that he’s got a unique calling. Does he understand all of what that means? No. But he does have some idea. He’s John, son of Zachariah and Elizabeth. He’s got a ministry to prepare people for the Messiah. Beyond that he’s not sure.

 

We are called to be who God created and redeemed us to be. We’re called to be the baptized Christian that was drowned in the waters of regeneration however many years ago. (Titus 3.5) What does 2020 hold for you? It can hold a deeper and deeper development of who you’re REALLY supposed to be. I don’t know what will happen this year. I don’t know exactly what God’s going to do with me. I do know that my identity has already been given. I don’t need to become someone I’m not. My resolve for 2020 is to simply let God’s Spirit work in, with and through me, that I might grow/become the child of God Christ died for.

 

Happy New Year!

 

Pr Ed Barnett

 

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