Pastor's Corner

10 Jul
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Mid-Week Challenge

People watching at a distance at the airport is one of fun parts of traveling.  Especially when you have the chance to visit an international airport and see all the cultures represented.  It’s fun until you have to engage with those same people and they cut off in line, or stand in a crowd with someone who does not have the same hygiene practices as you do, or be in the middle of a group who obnoxiously carry on conversations in a language you don’t understand.  Watching from a distance gives us an opportunity to stand back and observe and, in some cases, judge.  It’s easy to form opinions from a distance about people we don’t know, who are not like us and who behave in ways that can come off as offensive.  However, when we are thrust into a crowd with those same people, all with a similar goal, we have to adjust our thinking and behavior.  I experienced all of that while traveling with my family.  Reflecting on our adventures I’m thinking about what it will be like that first day we arrive in Heaven.  Will it be like my adventure in the airport?  Will there be hustle and bustle to get to where we all want to be? Will there be an attitude of you before me or will we all rush to be first?

Hopefully, since we will all be Christians, we will be on our best behavior, focused on worshiping Jesus!  That visual is a reminder to what I need to be doing to practice while I’m still here on earth.  Dealing with people who are not like us is hard, especially when we all want the same thing.  Maybe, somewhere in there, if we show people who are different the love of Christ it might make them want to know Him this side of Heaven and when we all get there our differences will not matter. 

God puts us in those “training moments” with people everyday life.  He uses them to shape our character and make us more like Christ.  Don’t discount them and be aware so that you don’t miss them as they remind us how even in our rebellion Christ loved us enough to die for our sins. 

 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, because the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its lamp. By its light the nations will walk, and into it the kings of the earth will bring their glory.Revelation 21:23-24

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan

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