For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Monday, January 4, 2016

Word for 2016

Happy New Year to all!

It has been my custom for the past few years to blog a word of the year post at the beginning of every year. Why? because as every new year dawns, like a lot of people, I want to refocus and start anew. Learning from the previous year, and moving forward I want to redirect my effort towards what is important. To help me do so I pick a word that will help me on track and focussed.

So, here we go for 2016:



One thing I have come to realize and appreciate a lot during 2015 is my need to abide in Christ. I tend to be too independent and ungodly. Ungodly in that I live everyday life seldom mindful of God and his ways in my life. This needs to change.

A couple of weeks ago I came across this very familiar passage from John 15, and verse 8 struck me anew:

" This is to my Father's glory that you bear much fruit, showing yourself to be my disciples."

If I want to bear fruit, and this is what God wants for me, my fist task is to remain in Him. How can I expect to bear fruit if I do not remain and abide in the Word, abide and constantly feed of Christ? Christ is our only and true source of strength,and motivation, as we are told earlier in John 15:5: "without Me you can do nothing."

By making sure I keep myself abiding in Christ, not only will I bear fruit, but be a better and evident disciple of Christ. What Christian does not want that?

So, with that in mind my goal for this year is to truly be someone who abides in Christ:
  • through prayer
  • through the reading of His Word and of godly books
  • through dependent obedience 
Do you have a word for this year!


2 comments:

Kym Thorpe said...

I love the word "abide" - it's one we don't use much nowadays, but it really sums up what it means to be a disciple of Christ, doesn't it?

... chasing slow said...

Great word!! This was one I pondered myself. I'm sure it will give you so much insight over the year :)

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