Dear brothers and sisters,
Hopefully the year that lies behind you was a good one! It is my hope that you will always find enough reasons to give thanks to our Lord for all of His benefits!
Now the New Year has dawned. It has become a tradition for me to publish an annual motto in consultation with the District Apostles. Our motto for 2020 is: “Christ makes free!” We find the corresponding Bible text in Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5: 1).
Liberty – this is a great and precious gift! As children of God, we not only apply this to our earthly existence. We make liberty in Christ our top priority:
- God is completely free. His love for us is unconditional.
- We can choose liberty. It is completely up to us to reciprocate the love of God.
- Christ makes us free – from sin, from evil, and from all afflictions.
For the year 2020, I recommend that we concentrate on this spiritual dynamic: “Christ makes free!”
There is one thing that is of special importance to me in this context: liberty in Christ is a gift of God. Let us allow the Lord to liberate us by surrendering ourselves completely to the activity of the Holy Spirit. Because we know that the almighty God loves us, we can look into the future with confidence. And we craft our future by remaining faithful to Christ.
Together with all the Apostles, I extend warm greetings to all of you, and wish you a good and blessed new year!