Many recent group discussions that I have been involved in, have reflected on the future of the church, and some considering whether we live in in the ‘end times’ that Jesus, Paul and Revelation describe in the Bible. One question that we reflected upon, given the world’s position of wealth and poverty and global and political situations, is whether God would allow the Body of Christ to die?
It caused me to really consider that statement, but faith tells me that God ‘trusts’ the Body of Christ, by sending the Holy Spirit and together we live a life promoting the Kingdom of God, of justice and kindness..and that means God has given us a task to complete. However you live out your faith, it is important to live in the moment. Too many people are concerned about what the future may bring or may not bring; will we grow as a church?; is the day coming nearer where the apocalyptic texts will come true ?
One of the many certainties I have is that each moment is precious, and we must live it in all its fullness. I have seen many people consumed with fear , as they dread what lies ahead in their lives, but God is in the midst of our certainties, and God will never allow the Body of Christ to die. I trust God too much to think that God would willingly harm the Body of Christ. God is aware of what the Body of Christ looks like. Some parts are stronger than others , some more creative than others, some prophetic and other encouraging , together though we are strong and purposeful.
- My hope is that we all live in the moment, use our gifts bring a wholeness to this world , that only God can bring.
- Not to be so consumed about what will happen in the future, the future will come soon enough.
- We can prepare ourselves for any future occurrences , by following the teaching of Jesus, of living a life of love, living a prayerful life, living with a pastoral heart and concern for others and living rooted in the purpose of God.
God who drank milk from a woman’s breast, enter in our hearts today and calm our fears for the future. You are a God who dwells with us, who knows our deepest concerns.
Instill in us a courage to face each day knowing you are will us.
Instill in us a strength to acknowledge the uniqueness of each day.
Instill in us a peace to know that each step we take you are taking it with us and so the body of christ becomes stronger and wiser .
Amen ©Ruth Dillon