We count every new year as a blessing and usually express our gratitude to God by offering him thanks. “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name” (Heb.13:15). While this is good, there is another way in which we can show thanks. It may even be a better way since actions speak louder than words. We have been blessed with another year, so let’s make a commitment to spiritually do better in 2018 than we did in 2017. We should always try to make spiritual improvements whenever they are needed and not turn blind eyes to our weaknesses and sins. Here are some areas in which we should always work to do better as a congregation.
Whenever we have the opportunity to assemble with the saints we should take full advantage of it, whether it is for worship, bible class, or some other function. Our seats should never be frivolously empty (1Sam.20:18; Heb.10:25). Let’s vow to make the effort of never missing a service unless we have no other choice.
God gave the highest ransom for us (Mk.10:45; 2Cor.8:9; 1Tim.2:6), and we should likewise try to reciprocate his generosity with everything we have. We should fully give him ourselves, our time, our efforts, and yes, our money. Everything we love we generously give to. Let’s show our great love for God through our giving.
Since Christianity is not a selfish religion we should spread the gospel with every opportunity, whether it is an invite to services or a bible study. We must continue the process of preparing ourselves to teach others (Acts.8:4; 1Pet.3:15; 2Tim.2:2). If we truly love others like we say, we will work to spiritually help them (1Jn.3:18).
The devil is always on the prowl to snatch an unsuspecting Christians (Lk.22:31-32; 1Pet.5:8). The Lord has a rescue team for the ones who fall but they must yield and do their parts in restoring their souls. (Gal.6:1; Jas.5:19-20) Let’s all pledge to make a huge effort in retrieving our wayward brothers and sisters (Lk.15:4-10).