Noah heard God clearly tell him to build an ark. Moses heard the Lord command him to go to Egypt to free the Israelites. Jeremiah heard the word of the Lord before and during the Exile. Mary knew God’s will for her life because an angel of the Lord spoke to her. Paul discovered God’s will for his life after Jesus appeared to him on the road to Damascus.
Be very careful how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:15-17)
God’s will is not so much a set of steps, a set of rules, or a map to follow as much as it is a life to live. God’s will is a relationship. God enters into the world and the lives of people and calls them to live according to his will.
Moses was in a relationship with God such that Moses lived in response to God’s call to free the Israelites. The prophet Jeremiah was in a relationship with God such that he knew he would live to give God’s Word to the people. Mary was in a relationship with God such that she would live to serve God by bearing the Christ child.
Want to know God’s will for your life? It isn’t so much a formula or a map or a “to do” list, as much as it is a deep and abiding relationship cultivated in worship, reading God’s Word, and prayer. Specific responses will naturally result. Many of us look for the specifics when we haven’t built the relationship, first.
In 2018, Mt Horeb will focus on three questions posed in Mark Tidsworth’s book, SHIFT: What does it mean to be … 1-a disciple of Jesus Christ? 2- a gathered community of disciples? 3- a gathered community of disciples who join God on mission in the world? Our journey will begin with a SHIFT Weekend for all leaders on January 19-20, a guest preacher and a Sunday School forum on January 21, followed by small group study to continue through the season of Lent.
Because Mt. Horeb is a congregation of people who are in relationship with God in today’s culture, we are called to live out our individual and collective lives in Christ.
Someone has said that a teachable moment occurs when readiness meets opportunity. We have been given the greatest news on the planet to tell, and we do so when we experience and share God’s presence. Mt. Horeb has been blessed for over 127 years. God continues to call us to faithful living. As we embrace another year of serving God, we remember the past, explore the present, and look forward to the future.
Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love. (I Corinthians 16:13)
Blessings and Peace for a New Year!