John 3:16 (NLT)
For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
If there’s anything we’ve learned from 2020, it’s that we have no idea what a year might have in store for us. With one exception.
I have no insight regarding when the pandemic will end. I do have high hopes for the vaccine, and I’m praying for something resembling normal worship during the Easter season. (Easter Sunday will be April 4.) I of course am also praying that the pandemic will not interrupt the establishment in 2021 of a denomination that will help us keep alive traditional, scriptural Methodism.
Let’s also pray that wonderful events during 2021 will lift us up globally. Perhaps a powerful outbreak of the Holy Spirit, another true Great Awakening regarding Jesus Christ’s work in this world? I would so like to see that happen.
About that one certainty I mentioned: I can promise you this, the grace poured out on us by God will remain available. It has remained available in 2020, and it will always be available, until we turn off the calendar and simply stand before God in full, rejoicing and worshiping our savior into eternity.
By “grace,” I mean the love God continually shows us despite the fact we do not deserve it. It is a great, continuous gift, one we simply have to agree to receive.
Grace is available even before people acknowledge God exists. Grace tugs at us; it exists as a feeling there is more to life than what we simply see.
Grace washes over us and into us at the moment we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. From then on, grace changes us, as much as we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.
Based on the truth of ever-present grace, I can say that 2021 will be an important, powerful year. People will find Jesus Christ and eternal life through simple belief. People will grow to be more like what God would have them be.
Any more good news will simply be additional evidence of how much God loves us.
Have a blessed, grace-filled 2021!
A version of this article originally ran on Methodist Life, an outreach effort inspired by the work of the Holston WCA. To subscribe to daily “Life Talk” devotionals, go to any page of the Methodist Life website and enter your email address in the registration block.