Author and political activist Hellen Keller, who was blind and deaf, understood the importance of having a personal vision better than most. She once said, “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” What are you envisioning in your life for 2020? What are your personal goals and pursuits for this new year? No matter what it is, be sure to invite the Lord to be part of the process with you. Read over Psalm 37:5 and then spend some time in prayer. Ask Jesus to be with you and to guide you as you pursue your goals for 2020!
Beliefs divide us, but values draw us closer together. Jesus predicted prayed for and believed in the power of something head-turning, jaw-dropping, that is hard to imagine. He called us to live unified in uncommon fellowship. Colossians 3:13-14 reminds us to forgive others in pursuit of this love-fueled unity. Is there any unforgiveness or animosity that you brought with you into the new year? Now is a great time to face it, work through it, and move forward. Take some time out to pray and ask God to guide you towards forgiveness and healing so that you can focus on walking in Christlike unity.
John 13:34-35 gives us a guiding light into the year ahead. When we focus on loving others as Christ loved us, it changes everything. Think back to when you first understood the depth of love between you and the Lord. How did it feel to realize how treasured and valuable you are? Today is a great day to share that same love with others around you—or even on social media. Challenge yourself today to not say anything judgmental, harsh, or careless towards others as you go about your day. As you head to bed, thank the Lord, in prayer, for His never-ending love and the opportunity to reflect His heart in your world.
Can we love one another despite our differences? That’s the challenge: unity over uniformity through an uncommon fellowship. Ephesians 2:14-22 reminds us of our reconciliation towards unity through Christ and the power of unity. During your lunch break, glance at your local or global news feed and choose three topics to focus on in prayer. Pray for those involved directly and indirectly. Pray for peace, hope, love, and unity on the other side of the situation. Afterward, pencil in a reminder on your calendar through the rest of the weekend to pray daily for those situations.
Our prayer for 2020 is this: That the world would see us in all of our difference—in all the ways we’re not uniform on so many things—and see our love, see our unity, and see Jesus in us! Would you pray that prayer with us today? Would you commit to embracing unity over uniformity and making LOVE your personal mission? If so, read over 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and think of ways that you can exemplify Christlike love in your everyday life. What does love look like in your workplace? What does love look like when you are around people that don’t agree with you? Embrace those things and watch Christ shine through it all!
TALK IT OVER
- What are you leaving behind in 2019?
- What are you looking forward to in 2020?
- Do you have any resolutions or a word to focus on for the year that you’d like to share?
- What does it mean, to you, to have unity without uniformity?
- How does an uncommon fellowship promote a more vibrant gospel?
- How have you seen division break down communities?
- How can you promote unity in your own family, workplace, small group, etc.?