Pastor Tom's Monthly Message: January

The 'Present' Isn't Regifted, It's New Every Day

Greetings to all in the Name of Jesus Christ,

I hope that all of you are well and that you had a great Christmas. New Year’s is here and 2019 is now the reality of every person and this church. What we did for Jesus in 2018 is in the past and we must press on towards the mark of the high calling of the Lord Jesus in 2019. Let’s serve Him and worship Him with everything in us.

I have already been scheduled to do a couple of weddings in 2019 and with those weddings comes the tradition for the bride of ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue”. Some brides keep that tradition and others have ditched it just like the one about not seeing the groom on your wedding day because it’s ‘bad luck’.

There’s just something about getting something that’s ‘new.’ It’s yours. It’s not borrowed so that it must be returned. It’s new, and you’re the first one to ever possess it.

I watched the news the other morning before Christmas and saw where Jacksonville, FL was the city where the most people confessed that they were the guiltiest of ‘regifting’ a present at Christmas. Our ‘present’ is exactly that; it's our present. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow never comes; we only have this day and this moment to make things matter.

Jesus told us in the Sermon on The Mount in Matthew 6 that we spend too much time worrying about what we’re going to do tomorrow and what we’re going to eat or drink or wear or where we’re going to go. The lilies don’t worry about their beauty. The grass doesn’t worry about growing. The birds don’t worry about what will be stored in their barn. God Himself provides every need. Jesus’ explicit instruction to us is this,

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.”

In 2019, don’t worry about how much you weigh and what you want to lose or how much money you’ll earn or where you will vacation this summer. Make God’s kingdom and your righteousness in Jesus Christ the priority of your ‘present’ and God will give you the other things in His own time. That ‘present’ isn’t ‘regifted’, it’s new every day.

God bless! Happy New Year! Let’s serve the Lord Jesus with gladness in 2019 at PPBC!

Pastor Tom and Pat Campbell