The year 2020 is gone! How many of us have longed to say that?
Last year brought many challenges that none of us saw coming. We saw the beginning of a global pandemic unlike anything since the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918.
Many of our churches were not having in-person services for two months or more. This brought about a new shift of worship to an online presence that we had to adapt to. As a pastor, our church met these challenges in faith and looked for God to bless even in the midst of a difficult year.
The first of the year is always a great time to reflect and look forward to the new possibilities in Christ. One of the great joys of Christianity is knowing that God is gracious and merciful to those who long for new beginnings. When Christ called Peter, Andrew, James and John, He gave them a chance for a new beginning that they desperately needed. They were called to become fishers of men. These unlearned men simply followed Christ at His call. They did not ask for qualifications or plans. They simply followed Him. By doing so, the fishermen’s lives had been changed eternally. They saw and experienced lives that they could not have done without Christ. It all started by simply following after Christ.
Another individual in God’s Word chose not to follow after Christ. The rich young ruler of Mark chapter 10 clung to his possessions, in turn keeping him from enjoying a life with Christ. He was looking for something to fill the void in his heart, but left the interaction without claiming the riches of a Christian life.
These two stories are stark in contrast. The fishermen had nothing, but gained everything. The rich young ruler had it all according to the world, but left without a purpose or hope for his life. In both situations, there was the possibility of a fresh start. They only had to follow Jesus.
Here at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College, we have started a new semester. 2021 is bringing a fresh start for the incoming class of new students.
For many, this will be their first time away from home. For others, it will be a time of learning at a collegiate level for the first time. These are going to be challenging times for these new students. Please join me in praying that God will equip them for the tough work ahead.
These new students are preparing themselves for Christian ministries that will lead them to things they could not have ever experienced without Christ. This is exciting for them and us as a campus.
Michael DeLand is director of College Relations at Clear Creek Baptist Bible College.