17th October 2019

A Beautiful Dream

“However, as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived’—the things God has prepared for those who love Him.’”
1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)

As a teenager I thought, and still think today, that the Jaguar E Type is the most beautiful car in the world. Launched by Jaguar in 1961 it set new standards for style and elegance in car design. I have never been able to afford one, never even had a ride in one, but seeing one in a classic car show still takes my breath away. The thought of eventually owning one was a beautiful dream that I had for many years.

I think when we are young we can be focused more on material, physical things which we can see, than on the spiritual. But as the scripture above shows, what God has prepared for those who love him is not just a beautiful dream, but an absolute reality.

Imagine—whatever we think is the most beautiful thing to us in the world today, whatever experience we have had which thrilled us, whatever we have had or done that we enjoyed the most—whatever dream about a family, a beautiful home, or car, or boat, or anything you can think about or imagine in this world today, is as nothing compared to the future.

People find it strange that Christians will face persecution and death rather than renounce their Christian faith and belief. Yet here is the answer: as Christians we know there is something ahead for us, a future that far outweighs the trials and troubles of this world. The Apostle Paul says in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” We know that death is not the end (Hebrews 9:27), as terrible as that can seem for us today. Hebrews 11, the faith chapter, lists what some of the people who followed God had to go through and did while remaining faithful.

As Christians we need to dream about the future, to inspire ourselves by thinking about the future to build in our mind the defence we may need one day, so that nothing can shake our foundation, our faith in Jesus Christ and we can rise to, even rise above, the challenges we face. God has revealed it to us by his spirit (1 Corinthians 2:10). So we need to pray that God will help us to ‘see,’ to give us a glimpse of the beautiful dream that is ahead of us.

Prayer
Gracious Father, please help us to ‘see’ the wonderful future you have prepared for us to encourage and motivate us in our daily lives today. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick
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About the Author:
Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: leeds@gracecom.church

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