The C3 theme for the month of December is “Restoration Begins with Rest.” As we pursue God’s will for our lives, being able to reflect on our journey and develop clarity to pursue the next step is a critical. Reflection often requires slowing down enough to eliminate distractions and learning to rest in Him so that we may align with His good, pleasing, and perfect will. December is a great month to reflect on what God has done throughout 2018 and prepare us to enter 2019 with expectancy.
Genesis 2:2-3 describes the original day of rest, “And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.” The original day of rest was a day sanctified (or set apart) by God to rest and reflect on the work He had done. This is the reflective rest we are called to so that we do not miss the important work the Holy Spirit is doing in each of us.
I remember attending an FCCI (Fellowship of Companies for Christ International) conference where Henry Blackaby discussed the need to reflect and process the work God does in our life. He used the story from Mark 6:30-52 to emphasize the importance of reflection in our life and consequences if we don’t. The story is about the feeding of the five thousand. After the miracle, Jesus sent the disciples away to process what the Father had just done. While they were in the boat a storm came up and they were terrified, and Jesus walked on the water and calmed the storm. The following statement from Mark 6:52 describes the result of not properly reflecting what we see God doing in our lives, “for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.” This story shows the importance of processing the work the Father does, letting His works really sink in, and reflecting on and remembering them regularly to gain a clear perspective for the future.
Reflection is Necessary to Gain a Clear Perspective
I think about the importance of reflection and the story of Mosses, found in Numbers 13, comes to mind when he sent the 12 leaders of the tribes of Israel to go into Canaan to spy out the land. He gave them a specific assignment to determine the quality of the land and they returned with a report that the land was good, but there were giants in the land and they were afraid.
Only two of the 12 tribe leaders gave a positive report. The other 10 said they should not enter due to the giants in the land and the fear this instilled in them. I often wonder how different the scenario would have been if Moses would have spent some time with them before giving them the assignment and reflected on what they had just experienced on their journey out of Egypt on their way to the promised land God had told them was theirs. What if Moses would have reminded them of the many miracles God had done to get them out of Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea. What if he would have reminded them of the promise of the land they were entering and told them they would see giants, but our God is a mighty God that has delivered us from the hands of the enemy. They would all have probably returned from the 40 days of spying out the land with the same perspective as Joshua and Caleb, who were the two spies that gave a favorable report. This reflection could have provided a clearer perspective that may have saved them 40 years of wandering in the desert due to their lack of faith.
I see the extremes of those who want to live in the past and those who desire to forget the past or disregard the past and not learn from it. I have adopted a wise saying in my life, “we should never live in the past, but we should always learn from the past.”
We are entering into 2019 with grateful hearts and great expectations for C3 and the journey God had prepared for us. As we reflect on the 2018 C3 journey we are grateful for the success realized. The C3 goal of communication, education and motivation has guided us in 2018 to:
- Develop the weekly communication blog that allows us to share these ideas with you and promote members
- Experience continued membership growth
- Continued to develop the partnership with SC-C3 & NC-C3
- Refine our monthly luncheons to include different formats that provide valuable information and engage members in relevant discussions
- Refined our vision, “C3 exists to mobilize the Christian community for city transformation”
Through this reflection, we can see how the hand of God guided C3 in 2018 and gain a clear perspective of His guidance into 2019. We are excited as we begin work on our 2019 plans as we anticipate an exciting 2019. Nine is the number for harvest, as indicated by the nine fruits of the spirit. We enter 2019 with an expectancy God has placed on our hearts in this season of harvest.
We wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. We appreciate being on this journey with you and I thank our Heavenly Father for the influence each of you provide to positively impact individuals, families, cities, and ultimately nations.
Jamie Jordan is the State Director for the South Carolina Christian Chamber of Commerce (SC-C3). His passion is to see unity and excellence exhibited within the Christian community. Jamie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.