January 5, 2020
Alan Robinson – National Director, BIC U.S.
Bible meditation: Isaiah 43:18-19; Acts 2:14-21
Clear vision — how we see, what we see, and who we see — can alter everything. And in a world that is forever changing, we are called to position ourselves to see clearly.
Our 250th birthday as a denomination is fast approaching. In response, this past year we began embarking on a vision-casting initiative for the Brethren in Christ U.S., to take effect summer 2020 until our birthday in 2028. Across the country and even around the world, pastors, missionaries, and church leaders have been coming together to prayerfully reflect on the purpose and identity of the Brethren in Christ — asking questions such as, what do we hope to become by 2028? What do we believe God is calling us to be and to do in pursuit of our mission to make disciples of all people? And, what are our greatest challenges and hopes in doing ministry together?
That’s why this year’s theme for the Week of Prayer and Fasting is particularly timely. In it, we study the occasions God directly reveals his vision to his people: whether it’s through dreams as in the case of Joseph; visions as with Peter and Elisha; or divine meetings as with Hagar, Jacob, and Mary Magdalene. Following these revelations, each person has a choice: Will they grasp an old way of life or be transformed?
As we begin the new year, I encourage you to seek God for his direction: in your life, as well as the life of your congregation and our denominational family. God still longs to reveal his ways to us. Yet, as was the case with the individuals in this Week of Prayer and Fasting study, once we encounter the Living God, we are also confronted with a choice: Will we cling to the familiar or see anew?
Father, we recognize your ways transcend ours, so we ask for your vision individually and collectively. Empower us to conform more and more into the likeness of your son, Jesus Christ.