Over the last couple of months, there have been a number of changes at Handsworth. We pray that God guides us in all these changes. Some have been small, some a little bigger and hopefully all are helping us move in a direction where we are all strengthened in our journey towards the Kingdom.
It is great to see the enthusiasm for the different subgroups and some of the positive initiatives that are being suggested such as the prayer sessions, worship afternoons and praise sessions. And in all, we pray that God's will is done.
I am looking forward to seeing how the subgroups develop in the coming months in suggesting other ways that our discipleship and following of Christ's example can be improved further and how we can serve each other better.
Looking to the past
Over the last week, it has been interesting to reflect on some reminders of how God is in control in our lives and the amazing ways that God changes situations.
In Numbers, we saw the mixed multitude's perspectives on changes from those looking back to the past ways in the experiences in Egypt in Numbers 11 and those things that God had taken the children of Israel out of. How often do we look back at the past longingly?
Looking to the future
There was also the different perspectives on how the children of Israel saw the future set out before them. They could both see the riches of the land, but what differed was whether they believed that God was faithful in what he has promised. How do we look towards the future?
Lessons from Galatians
One of the things that strikes home about the book of Galatians is that they too are in the midst of change, do they act in law or do they act in faith? And we have a great passage explaining the importance of both the law and faith and how Christ is a fulfillment of the law and through which we have hope in the promises to Abraham.
So with such a great opportunity in the gospel, let's take the lessons from Galatians 6 to put into practice the great example of Christ and the instructions from the apostles. From verses 6 and 10, to continue to share good things that we learn and use the opportunities we have to do good to all.
What lessons, do you take from these examples and in what ways do you plan to use the opportunities that God provides for us?
Love in Christ