In this sermon, Pastor Neil urges use think about the “more” you want to experience in your life and about the “more” God wants you to experience in your life as a follower of Jesus and a child of your Heavenly Father.
Paul’s prayer for the church in Ephesus gives us a picture of the “more” God wants you to pursue and know and experience as you live for Him in this world.
“We have not stopped praying for you, asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. We pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”
This prayer, Paul says, is rooted in what God, in His grace, has already done for us: “For He (God) has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (1:13-14).
When you’re not sure how to pray for a sister or brother in Christ, pray this prayer for their spiritual well-being. Pray these prayers found in Colossians 1 and Ephesians 3. In fact, I urge you to make them a part of your daily prayers for each other, for our church, and forGod’s people everywhere. Can we do that? Will you do it in the year ahead?
Take to heart the example of John the Baptist. He knew he was not the main attraction. He knew he was not the Messiah, the Savior promised by God. When Jesus went public with His ministry, John knew it was time for him (John) to fade into the background. Referring toJesus, John said; “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30). John knew it wasn’t about him.
It was – and is – about Jesus. Let your prayer for 2019 be: “More of Jesus and less of me; for Jesus become greater; for Him to increase in fame and glory. Let me decrease and His name be hallowed in every place, let His kingdom come more and more fully, and let His will be done everywhere on earth, just as it is in heaven.” In your life, in my life, in the life and ministry of our church, and everywhere on the face of the earth, let there be more of Jesus; for Him to become greater and for us become less.