WE CAN SPEND OUR LIFE IN THIS WORLD FOR GOD BECAUSE GOD IS ALREADY GIVING US NEW LIFE THAT WILL ENDURE BEYOND THE PRESENT, EVEN INTO THE CONTEXT OF GOD’S NEW CREATION WHICH HAS ALREADY APPEARED BUT IS NOT YET FULLY PRESENT.”
Friends, it is Friday, November 11, 2016. The elections have already come and gone, with many folks happy and many saddened by its results. The good thing is, there will always be another election opportunity in the future.
I came across this quote in preparation for a recent sermon from Second Corinthians. Barclay is often quoted but never from a scholarly perspective; yet, he writes from a perspective that offers the person in the pew hope and a renewed sense of purpose.
We have heard from the pulpit many times that the kingdom of God is here and is to come. This is a present reality and a future hope. I have always subscribed that eternity with Christ begins when we say “Yes!” to Christ as Lord and Savior.
I would want to believe that when we take our last breath and leave this life, we enter into a new life that is eternal and glorious. That said, until that moment, we as a church, have so much to be about: preaching God’s word, sharing the love of God through holy actions and feeding the hungry. Years ago I heard these words, “No one is concerned about eternity when their stomachs are growling or when they believe that they can’t hack it on Monday.”
I try to live each day fully and gratefully. No two days are ever alike. Thank God.
God calls each of us to live hopefully, joyously and with an element of expectation. We often say during our communion liturgy, “Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.” Hold on to hope, regardless of what is happening in your life that challenges our faith and religiosity. Our hope is always in Christ.
Have a great day in the Lord.
Blessings from Duncanville. Pastor Frank