Pastor Ryan Black
Cedar Springs Christian Church
340 West Pine Street, Cedar Springs
The New Year is often a place for fresh starts and new beginnings. We look to make improvements in our personal lives for the good of ourselves, family, and those we love and care about. We set new goals and make pledges that include diet and exercise, better organization, spending more time with family, careful stewardship of financial resources, accountability and ridding ourselves of bad habits, just to name a few. There is absolutely nothing wrong with setting and pursuing these goals. In fact, accomplishing these goals will more than likely improve your standard of living here in this world.
While these are great examples of ways to better our lives, there is one goal that I challenge everyone to take a hard look at as we start off this New Year. What I’m speaking of is improving your spiritual life and creating a better and stronger relationship with your Lord and Savior. I’m not speaking solely about increasing the number of times you go to church, although it is highly encouraged. I’m referring more about taking the time to pray (speak with God) daily along with studying your Bible, the Word of God. Take the time to know Jesus Christ at a deeper level. Look at it as building a personal relationship rather than just a religious commitment.
There are many out there who have a strong and confident relationship with God. There are others who do not have a sound spiritual background and have not come to know or understand who Jesus is. On the other hand, maybe some have grown up with a Christian background but somewhere along the road they have drifted away from it and no longer feel that strong connection with God. No matter where your level of spirituality is, each and every one of us can benefit from a fresh encounter with God.
What better time than now, at the start of a new year, to begin this fresh and exciting journey? If you are at the point in your life where you are ready to make a personal commitment to follow Christ, all you have to do is reach out to Him now in prayer. He is listening and waiting to come into your heart and help you live a better life.
We invite you to visit any of the wonderful churches that we have in our Cedar Springs community in order to benefit from the spiritual guidance, the Christian fellowship and the encouragement they offer. A fresh start and a new beginning with God may be the best opportunity for personal improvement you could ever make. Who knows, a revitalized encounter with God may just be the catalyst you need to help you achieve some of those other resolutions as well!