Mark Affleck

GOT PAINT? God Is Looking At YOUR Blank Canvas For 2021.

December 30, 2020
Spiritual Growth

You have a brush in your hand. You have a blank canvas. And God is wondering what picture you will paint for 2021. Leaving it blank is an option. Another option is hurriedly flicking your brush toward the canvas to “get it over with.” And partnering with God to create NEW ART for a NEW YEAR is also an option. The difficult, but best option.
We have been building a CHANGE RAMP to 2021 together this month and we’re ready to face that blank canvas as 2020 finally scurries for the exit. God’s fresh canvas peeking over your fence right now is the same fresh canvas of forgiveness and grace that he gives us every day.
It’s God’s fresh canvas to discover what he would have us do, who he would have us be, and how he would have us serve him and his Kingdom.
That’s the beauty of a fresh canvas. Not just at the beginning of a new year—always, every day. But we all know there is something extra special about how we approach that canvas at the beginning of a NEW YEAR.
So what will YOU paint on YOUR 2021 canvas?
Here’s my recommendation: Focus on the word IMPERATIVE–what must be done.
Bringing the word IMPERATIVE to my fresh canvas each year at this time has RADICALLY TRANSFORMED my faith walk. And I know it can do the same for you. Here’s how you can get started…
Pick ONE THING in your faith walk with God to be your SPIRITUAL IMPERATIVE for 2021. One thing. Not two. Not ten. ONE. This is not a goal or a program or an area of focus. It is IMPERATIVE. That means it MUST be done.
It might be an attitude to be changed. A destructive habit to lose. A productive habit to start. The Bible. A relationship. Study. Fellowship. Worship. Tithing. Prayer. The list of possibilities is ENDLESS.
Your SPIRITUAL IMPERATIVE for 2021 may be laying beneath the surface, but there’s a good chance you already know what it is or what it should be. So here’s the question: Have you painted it for God yet?
I ask God to help me realize the IMPERATIVE to fully commit to the daily habits of a disciple and grow spiritually so I can love him more and live with less fear.
What SPIRITUAL IMPERATIVE will you paint on 2021’s blank canvas?
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.” Ephesians 1:18

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