24th September 2016

A Christian Motto 

And these men of faith, though they trusted God and won his approval, none of them received all that God had promised them; for God wanted them to wait and share the even better rewards that were prepared for us.”
Hebrews 11:39-40 (TLB) 

This scripture is in what is called the ‘faith chapter’ and brings to mind what could be a Christian Motto: “Some people see things as they are and say ‘Why?’ Christians see things that never were and say ‘Why not?’”  

This chapter in Hebrews details the trials that many Christians faced in their lifetime, just as so many today are suffering because of their faith in God. Humanly, we don’t like suffering in trials, so what is it that keeps Christians faithfully enduring through testing times? That’s where our Christian Motto comes in. The majority of people looking at the awful things happening in this world today can only say, ‘Why?’

But Christians are looking beyond the trials of this world to a very different and much better future for humanity. Christians say, ‘Why not?’ because they are looking for the fulfillment of God’s promises to humanity. Nowhere is that more powerfully expressed than in the book of Revelation, chapter 21, verses 3-4, “I heard a loud shout from the throne saying, ‘Look, the home of God is now among men, and he will live with them and they will be his people; yes, God himself will be among them. he will wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain. All of that has gone forever.’” 

What a vision for the future, what a contrast with today! Why not indeed? Christians pray ‘Thy kingdom come,’ and endure trials and suffering because of this vision of the future, the promise from God that he will live among us.

Christians in the past who have lived and died in the faith, sometimes dying in horrible circumstances, were motivated by this vision. Maybe not seeing and realising it fully, but knowing there was something much better in the future. Just as persecuted Christians today also look to this vision of a much better future.

As we absorb the bad news that the media constantly focuses on in our troubled world today, it’s easy to lose hope and despair at man’s inhumanity to man and say, ‘Why?’ But God has given us a vision of a wonderful future for humanity, a time of peace and joy when “everyone will live quietly in his own home in peace and prosperity, for there will be nothing to fear. The Lord himself has promised this.” (Micah 4.4). So don’t despair at today, but ask God to strengthen your vision of tomorrow and join us in saying, ‘Why not?’ 

Prayer
Gracious and loving Father, help us to focus on the future knowing that what you have promised will happen and cannot fail.
Amen 

Study by Keith Hartrick

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

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