BELIZE JOURNAL PT. 1 on year end review. For Christians, Christmas and our year end review is no longer a time to ask if we’ve been naughty or nice for Santa. But it is a time to ask if we’ve been faithful or faithless to the Lord. While we plan for the New Year we must also ask, did we follow God’s plan for the old year?
In one sense God’s plan is plain. We choose between a blessing and a curse. “Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse! You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today. But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the Lord…” (Deut. 11:26-28, NLT).
You may say that is the old covenant. Then listen to the new covenant. “‘This cup is the new covenant in My blood‘…Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself… For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged (1 Cor. 11:25,27-31, NASU).
In our year end review we must examine ourselves. If we judge ourselves rightly, we will not be judged. We may have erred and sinned seriously. But if we judge ourselves rightly now, we will not be judged by God for our sins.
He will not let our sins drag us into weakness or sickness. He will not let our sins expose us to an untimely death. We will have no reason to fear terrorists or their plots to kill and destroy. “You will not be afraid of the terror by night… Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon. A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not approach you” (Ps 91:5-7).
In our year end review we must also examine the body of Christ. “For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly” (1 Cor. 11:29). What is God’s plan for the body of Christ? It is just as Jesus prayed, “that they be one” (John 17:22). Or as Paul put it, “the body is one and yet has many members… all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body” (1 Cor 12:12).
It is no coincidence that 1 Cor. 12 follows 1 Cor. 11. To rightly judge the body of Christ is to see it as one. And to know which part we play in the local body. Even better, to know which part the local body plays in the citywide church. Better still, to know which part the citywide church plays in the nationwide church, and in the worldwide church. And to pray that the Lord shows us—and everyone in His worldwide body, which is one body—how to play our parts.
That is the vision of our Belize City House of Prayer and Belize Prayer Network. If we His people, the members of His body, humble ourselves and pray, He will heal our lands. If we pray and obey, we—and our lands—will be blessed and not cursed. The more we unite as one in prayer and obedience, the more of us will share in the blessing. In our union the blessing we receive is “commanded” by the Lord (Psalm 133:3).
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