A letter to you from the SEUSF Field President, Eduardo Moreno, as the a new year approaches.
What is a challenge? It “is something new and difficult which requires great effort and determination.” Collins Dictionary
As Christians we have challenges ahead of us, not only for this new year of 2018, but for the years to come. I believe the greatest challenge that we face is to be Christ-like. Is it possible to be Christ-like? If it is possible, how can this be accomplished?
Apostle Peter tells us in 1 Peter 2:21, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.”
I remember when my oldest son was about 2 years old, he tried to follow me in the snow. That year we had had about 6 inches of snow. He was happy to be outside, but when he tried to follow me, at every big step he made, he fell. He called me several times to come and get him. I did go to him, but I did not pick him up.
I told him to walk in my steps. He looked at me unsure if he could, but I said to him with confidence, “You can do it!” He tried and though it was not easy walking, it was possible as long as he walked in my steps. I believe this illustrates our Christian walk. We believe that we can walk behind Jesus, and though the road is rough and perhaps slippery, at times, once we learn, “I should follow in His steps,” our walk will be much easier.
“Christ Himself has trod the rough pathway before us and has smoothed the path for our feet. The narrow path of holiness, the way cast up for the ransomed of the Lord to walk in, is illuminated by Him who is the light of the world. As we follow in His steps, His light will shine upon us, and as we reflect the light borrowed from the glory of Christ, the path will grow brighter and brighter unto the perfect day.” Our Father Cares 135
We are walking on a narrow path, but there is no need to walk alone. There is a Guide leading the way if we will but follow.
“If we take Christ for our guide, He will lead us safely along the narrow way. The road may be rough and thorny; the ascent may be steep and dangerous; there may be pitfalls upon the right hand and upon the left; we may have to endure toil in our journey; when weary, when longing for rest, we may have to toil on; when faint, we may have to fight; when discouraged, we may be called upon to hope; but with Christ as our Guide we shall not lose the path to immortal life, we shall not fail to reach the desired haven at last.” That I May Know Him 253
“In following Christ we are safe, for He will not suffer the powers of darkness to hurt one hair of our heads. He will keep that which is committed to His trust, and we shall be more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” Our Father Cares 135
Let us go forward and upward; let’s not look down at our footsteps, but to the One that is leading the way, even Christ. Let us each individually look to Him by purposing to spend time daily in personal devotions. Let us purpose to spend that thoughtful hour mediating upon His character so we may truly be Christ-like in this coming year.
“Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.” James 4:8
In the Master service,