The greatest gift for your family, church, and world in 2020 is an increasingly faithful you.

  They will experience Christ through the ways God is changing you.

The New Year is upon us. How will you become more faithful in January and February?

Immediately you may think: Take more classes, get more involved, serve in new ways…

Yet, if you remain unchanged, handling yourself and others in the same old way, you cannot be much of a gift.  Doing more stuff in the church will just leave you whipped from the busy and bloated with spiritual information.  You will have nothing left to give.

A more faithful you is your greatest gift.  Picture yourself hanging with some of our newer people.  You stay after worship and get to know their names and lives.  You stay for lunch on Scout Sunday come, and sit with a Scout family. You go to a Celebrate Recovery dinner on a Thursday. 

When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;  therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Romans 9: 36-38 ESV

With humility and compassion, you go to these new people who God has brought into our church.  You listen–then, you invite, pray, and share.  You faithfully open up your heart and your L.I.P.S.

As you go and gift your attention upon our newer people, your Lord Jesus Christ ultimately gifts them through your L.I.P.S. 

L = Listen.

You listen closely to their words, pray, and sense what is going on in their hearts.

The gift of ears precedes any gift from the mouth. How well do you deeply listen to people? In January and February how will you improve your hearing and become a greater gift?

I = Invite.

You invite them to 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship.

During Sunday worship early in January, you will receive special business cards to empower your invitation.  Even now, praying ask: Lord Jesus, to whom shall I go and invite?

P = Pray

You pray:  O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth will declare your praise. Psalm 51:15. ESV

Fear, inhibition, and preoccupation with self will tempt you from faithful verbal gifting.  Ask our Lord to warm your heart, fill your mouth, and open up your lips.  He will!

S = Share.

You know how much God has done for you, so you realize that you have something to share: There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.  Proverbs 20:5 ESV

Because you know our Lord Jesus has done something in your life, a precious jewel they need to hear, you deeply share with your guests.

How has God changed your life? Can you be specific? Can you tell the story?  How did God change you in 2019?

Through your increasingly faithful L.I.P.S., the Lord Jesus will prepare them to receive the ultimate gift—Himself!

“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 9: 8-9. ESV

Through our church family’s gift of our hearts and L.I.P.S., our Lord will offer Himself—and many will take Him to hear in 202; their lips wil raise Jesus as Lord!  Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.  Psalm 63:3 ESV

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