13th July 2015

Serendipity

“I’ve loved you the way my Father has loved me. Make yourselves at home in my love.”
John 15:9 (MSG)

My book called “The Complete Wordfinder” defines serendipity as—“the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.” We often call it luck or chance, coincidence or fate, but I don’t believe that those explanations really get to the heart of the matter—especially for those who believe in the inspiration and calling of God.

The Message Bible hits the nail squarely on the head when it says, “It is in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone” (Ephesians 1:11-12).

Notice it says, “In everything and everyone!” You’re included in this amazing plan and purpose of God and, you know what, he doesn’t coerce us but gently leads us into a relationship with himself by leaving little clues along the way.  Little coincidences that impart information which engenders thoughts like, “What’s happening in my life and where am I going?” James 1:17-18 says, “Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures.”

The following excerpt is taken from “Travelling Towards Sunrise” by Louise Haskins: “These travellers were time’s valiant great hearts. They were journeying on the star road making their way through an inspiring land, a desert waste upheld by hope of a glorious new day, a tomorrow morning when night with its darkness and shadows would be left far behind. Let us begin by filling the air with songs of rejoicing, with songs not sighs, for we are wayfarers of the infinite, travelling to the land where dawns are begotten and glory has its dwelling place, where life begins, not ends, and where there is eternal springtime.”

Before his crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension Jesus made a promise to his followers. He said, “When the Friend I plan to send you from the Father comes—the Spirit of Truth issuing from the Father—he will confirm everything about me” (John 15: 27). The Holy Spirit reveals just who Jesus is, not only during his life here on earth but also in Heaven at the Father’s right hand!

Please pick up the clues along the way and come journey with us!

Prayer
Praise and glory to you, great God, for your amazing plan and purpose for everyone who has lived or ever will live.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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cliffneillAbout the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local  Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone:  01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk

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