Well, here we are in 2019! I hope that all of you had a joyous holiday season and I hope that you are ready to have a joyous and prosperous 2019!
If, as a congregation, we are going to be joyous and prosperous in 2019, then we must also be committed to God’s Word...as a congregation and as individuals.
I saw the following over the Christmas break and it stuck with me...so I wanted to share it with you.
Apparently Japan is running out of ninjas. In the small city of Iga, the birthplace of the ancient ninja warriors, officials cannot find enough martial artists to perform for tourists, even though the job can pay up to $85,000 per year. Part of the problem is that the city’s young people are moving to larger cities, and there are just not enough candidates available who are willing to go through the intensive training, even for the great paycheck.
Isn’t that similar to the situation we have in the Lord’s church? The ancient practice of Christianity is often not as appealing to our younger ones, who instead are being drawn to the “bright lights and big cities” of denominational practices. The intensive training required to be a warrior for Christ is seen as too difficult, even though the reward–heaven–is extremely high!
Let us pray and encourage more young people to take up a true and deep study of God’s word. “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Luke 10:2).