It has been quite a week here at Clitheroe Community Church; I hope that you’ve found our week of prayer and fasting to be useful and helpful. If you’ve managed to use the time to go deeper in your walk with the Lord, well done! I encourage us all to use the time as a springboard into new expectations and habits as we believe God for new breakthroughs this year in our personal lives and also for the bigger picture of our world. We frequently talk about having a relationship with Jesus: if that’s a new concept to you, then we encourage you, today, to find out more about what that really means.
If you know what a relationship with Jesus looks like, then maybe it’s a good time to look honestly, and for us all to appraise the kind of shape our walk with him is in? The state of any relationship really hinges on priority, and priority has to be worked at. The apostle Paul writes this exhortation to the Ephesians: ‘Be very careful, then, how you live — not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.’ (Ephesians 5:15,16) ‘Making the most of every opportunity’ urges us to take the reins and live purposefully according to God’s plans and purposes. Conversely, if we allow opportunities to ‘make the most of us’, we risk the possibility of leaving our God-destiny in the slow lane. So let’s pick up the speed and determine to go all out for God together!