As we look to our God and Savior to give us another year from the hand of His grace, it is my prayer that you and I would not go or grow beyond Christ (2 John 1:7-9). Abide in Him as everything in your salvation, as the one purpose and only pursuit of your life. Do not transgress by going outside the boundary of God’s salvation in Him alone. Do not grow beyond the fact that, in yourself, you are nothing but a great sinner, nothing, no, nothing at all. But go to God and confess that Jesus Christ is your all in all (1 Tim. 1:15; 1 Cor. 1:23-24; 2:2). Growth in grace shrinks confidence in self while increasing our assurance in Christ, because God-given faith sees what God sees: that Christ alone is all of my salvation (John 3:30; Php. 3:3; Luke 2:30; Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Gal. 2:21).
Pastor Rick Warta