30th January 2018

The Glass Path 

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”
1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV)

What is hope? In a worldly sense, depending on your age, it could be doing well at school, passing your exams, maybe going on to university. A little older, it could be the hope of a good job, with regular pay rises and promotions. Also the hope of meeting the right person for a long and happy marriage. Then the hope of buying a house and over time a bigger and better one. Then the hope of your children doing better than you, with better opportunities. As we age, the hope of a good pension and a comfortable retirement, and when we are pensioners the hope that we will have good health and remain fit and well.

All these things are fine and normal to hope for in this life. But what about spiritual hope? Do you have the hope of eternal life? (1 John 2:25) Do you have the hope of better world where people are loved, valued and able to use all their talents in a productive way? Do you hope for a world with no pain, no crying and no more death? (Revelation 21:3-4)

Christians have hope for all those things and walk along a glass path that other people cannot see. There are a number of famous Glass paths around the world like the glass walkway over the Grand Canyon in the USA, the Tower Bridge in London which has a glass floor walkway 42 metres above the River Thames, and there is a glass walkway 4,700 feet high in Tianmen Mountain, China. Imagine walking between two high buildings, not on a tightrope, but on a wide glass path that people looking up cannot see. They think you are walking on air. We don’t have to do that, but we do walk along a glass path whose foundation is God’s love for us, personally and individually. A love that underpins Christ’s life here on earth, his suffering, sacrifice, death, resurrection and promise to return. Sometimes we see the path clearly, sometimes it can be obscured by our trials and troubles, but we know it is always there ( Psalm 119:105).

Colossians 1:26 says these things are hidden from the wise but revealed to us. One day everyone will see the clear glass path to salvation. For now, our job as Christians, is to keep on the path, no matter what life throws at us, clearly focused on the hope that path represents.

Loving Father, to the world the Christian path seems invisible and therefore ridiculous. While we look forward to the day when all humanity will see it, please make it even clearer for us, day by day. In Jesus name we pray.

Study by Keith Hartrick


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
LS15 8LE

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Saturday 2PM

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Phone: 01484-312347
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