Franklin United Methodist Church
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Seeking, Sharing, and Serving Christ

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The year 2019 is here.  We view the New Year as a time for starting new.  I am at a place in life where I do not concern myself with New Year’s resolutions.  Even when I did, by the end of January I had forgotten about the resolutions.  However, how would we view our walk with God the last year?  Now we know we are not perfect and God is continuing to push us toward perfection. 

I am reminded of a song which says “would my Lord be satisfied with me.”  Do you think the Lord was satisfied with you in 2018?  In my sermon a few weeks ago I shared a story about medieval England where they would bring the mayor of the town in and weigh them.  The reason they did this is to see if the mayor was getting rich off the tax payers dollars.  If the mayor had lost weight or remained the same the people would be happy.  However, if the mayor gained weight the people were outraged.  I wonder how we would hold up under such scrutiny from God. Scripture teaches “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”  (2Co 5:10 ESV)

I am not trying to scare anyone; because we are saved by grace and it is not of works lest anyone should boast.  However, how would you evaluate your last year?  We will use Wesley’s General Rules from the 2016 Book of Discipline for our evaluation.

·       First have you done no harm by avoiding evil of every kind?

·       Secondly, have you done good of every personal sort?

·       Thirdly: By attending upon all the ordinances of God; such are: The public worship of God. The ministry of the Word, either read or expounded. The Supper of the Lord. Family and private prayer. Searching the Scriptures. Fasting or abstinence.[1]

I pray your evaluation goes well. 

Pastor Mike 


[1]United Methodist Church. The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church 2016 . The United Methodist Publishing House. Kindle Edition.