I’m a planner by nature. I like to be well prepared for what’s coming down the track. I like to be - what do they say - well ahead of the game. Well you can imagine how much I struggled this past year. As the COVD19 situation continued to evolve I felt the pressure of having to make informed decisions along with others. I felt the mental toll of having to think about things that I had never encountered before. I felt the frustration of putting plans on hold as we experienced setbacks. Yet I look back on the devotion at our Elders Day Away in September as providing the biggest take away for me this past year. Indeed, I want to suggest that we as a congregation continue to thrive in the knowledge of it. Here it is…

Jesus is always sufficient.

I was stirred to recall the words of Paul writing to the believers in Colossae. The temptation creeping into the church there, in essence, was that they were beginning to look to something or someone else to bring substance and direction to their lives. In a masterful piece of pastoral wisdom all Paul does, in a sense, is etch-a-sketch for them a picture of Christ in all his grandeur.

‘For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.’
(Colossians 1:16-17)

He is always enough. He’s proved it this year yet again.

Looking back on the year gone here are 3 things I’m thankful for;

I’m thankful for Christ’s providence. He is no lucky charm, small fry Jesus. He’s big. He’s the one controlling and presiding over all things as God’s anointed King. Nothing is going down in the world except for his sovereign command. There’s great strength to be found there. Let’s never domesticate the King of glory.

I’m thankful for Christ’s people. At every junction in the road the Lord has raised up the right people at the right time for the right task. The encouragers. The thinkers. The grafters. The discerners. The welcomers. The singers. The listeners. The draw alongsiders. Truly he has gifted his people for the work of ministry.

I’m thankful for Christ’s purposes. Despite the seeming chaos, he’s been at work. Our series in Ephesians helped us grasp something more of the grandeur and beauty of God’s plan to one day unite all things in heaven and earth in Christ (Ephesians 1:10). People have sovereignly come into my life this year that most likely wouldn’t have had it not been for the COVID situation. They’ve ministered to me just as much as I have to them. I loved hearing from Joe at his baptism how God was teaching him things through the good and bad times. Jesus is building his church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

Jesus is always sufficient.

There are many reasons to be prayerfully expectant as we journey into 2022. However, through all the twists and turns that will undoubtedly come our way, let us continue to seek after the ever-sufficient and glorious Christ. 

Graeme Shanks

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