22nd August 2017

Why do the Lotto?

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade…kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.”
1 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV)
 

I don’t claim to be an expert, but I suggest the main reason most people buy a Lotto ticket is hope. The hope of winning the jackpot and transforming your life. We live in a material world and, for many, a world in which we struggle to maintain our standard of living and provide as abundantly as we would like for our families. These last few years wages have hardly increased but expenses like the cost of electricity and food have all gone up. It is hard for someone on an average income, with a mortgage or rent to pay, and a family to provide for, to cope.

But the chances of winning are very, very small. But there is a better hope. A hope that does not depend on money, status or success. A hope that gives you strength to live each day knowing there is a better future ahead. A hope that is not related to material things today and that does not depend on you buying a ticket.

How much of your lotto winnings would you give for the unbreakable promise of eternal life? How surprised would you be to be told your offer is refused and you can have it for free? What value do you place on it? Christianity often has a bad press for good reasons. Too much focus on sin and viewing God as some kind of bad tempered Judge just waiting to zap you with not enough focus on the benefits, both now and in the future. Eternal life is just one of them.

Christian hope is not affected by the ups and downs of this life. It is not about a temporary relief from problems. It is about a simple faith in God, that he is who he says he is, that he will do what he says he will do. Christian hope is available for all now. There is no need to buy a ticket, reading a Bible is free, praying is free and attending your local church should provide free instruction and fellowship.

The chances are that each week you throw away your losing lotto ticket with your hope of a big win unfulfilled. As a Christian your hope is sure and certain, because of what God, in the person of Jesus Christ, has already done for us. It’s not a question of chance but a guaranteed winning place in the lottery of life. 

Prayer
Father in heaven, help us to appreciate the incredible future you have prepared for all humanity—eternal life, which is greater than anything we can visualise or imagine, the price of which is both free and beyond any material riches. 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: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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