It is amazing to think that we have started a new year. With that thought in mind, I am challenged to consider what was done for the Lord last year and what will be done for Him in the year ahead.
I have chosen Focusing On Things Not Seen as the 2017 theme for BIMI. There are a multitude of different things happening in our world today that can distract us from that which is truly important. Scripture speaks about many different things that are "not seen." These unseen things are of eternal importance. As we draw closer to the Lord's return, it becomes increasingly important that we avoid distractions and focus on that which has eternal value.
Obviously, it is only through the eyes of faith that we can see the eternal things which cannot be seen with our physical eyes. Hebrews 11:1 reminds us that Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (emphasis added). As we focus on things not seen, we will be motivated to obedient faith. This truth is demonstrated in the lives of those about whom the Holy Spirit reminds us in the remainder of Hebrews 11. I am encouraged as I look toward what God has planned for 2017 and as I consider that this could be the year our Lord returns. Paul reminds us that Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him (1 Corinthians 2:9—emphasis added).
Looking back to 2016, I want to say "Thank you" for your partnership in the Great Commission. Looking ahead, I am excited about continuing to labor together with you. As we emphasize Focusing On Things Not Seen and respond to God in obedient faith, let us rejoice in all that God has prepared for us. May the LORD richly bless you!
David H. Snyder