3rd July 2018

‘Should’ve Gone to Specsavers’

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.”
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)

It was Saturday night in mid-town Watford. I was part of a team of Street Angels walking the streets observing and assisting, where necessary, the young people out night-clubbing. I spied a group of young men having a happy time laughing and joking—it was a stag night celebration and the bridegroom’s father was keeping a protective eye on them. It was our job to befriend the young people and to demonstrate the light of Christ. I strolled over to congratulate the bridegroom who was slightly inebriated. He threw his arm around me and insisted on a photograph of the two of us. I agreed but did think he would be shocked in the morning when he saw the picture, as I was old enough to be his grandmother. My comment to him was actually a slogan from a national optician’s advertising campaign: ‘You should have gone to Specsavers’!

Joking apart, vision is a precious gift—it is also a term of hope of the future. The latter is crucial for Christians—if we don’t have a vision of the future, i.e. God’s kingdom, we will perish spiritually. The ancient Greeks used the term ‘hope’ (elpis) in reference to an ambiguous, open-ended future; but the resurrection of Jesus Christ gave the term, for Christians, a positive expectation.’1

Be encouraged and follow the apostle Paul’s example in Philippians 3:14 “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” That is our goal. As GCI President, Dr. Joseph Tkach wrote, ‘The things we receive in the next life will be 100 times as valuable as the things we give up in this life — as measured by real value, eternal value, not by temporary fads about physical things.’[1]

We have so much to look forward to in eternal life with our wonderful and mighty God. Keep the vision!

Prayer
Thank you, heavenly Father, for all the plans you have for us – we eagerly anticipate them and ask for empowerment from the Holy Spirit to keep your law of love until the kingdom comes.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

___________________________________

About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

 

[1] https://www.gci.org/prophecy/rewards