14th March 2011

Live The Future Now!

“Walk into the fields and look at the wildflowers.”
Luke 12: 27 (MSG)

I have a great admiration for the humble snowdrop. There are prettier flowers, more colourful flowers and taller flowers, but where are they when the snow and frost chill us to the bone and refrigerate us? Conspicuous by their absence!

But the courageous little snowdrop stands knee deep in the snow, holdings its head high, bringing cheer and promise into our lives. It’s a promise of good things to come!

More importantly, I believe this tiny, fragile, white flower teaches us a lesson:  That in the tough times of life, in the depths of darkness and cold, we too, need to bring joy and promise to others. Christians need to stand tall in the difficult times, and with a smile, a hug, and a cheerful word, bring joy that promises good times to come—a light to lighten the darkness. In other words, Good News—that there is something to smile about after all; that there is something to hang on to after all; that there are indeed better days ahead!

This world will one day be changed.  It was not created to stay the same forever. The writer to the Hebrews touches on this and tells us, “In the beginning, Lord, you founded the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like clothing; like a cloak you will roll them up, and like clothing they will be changed.” (Hebrews 1:10-12 NRSV). The Apostle Peter backs this up by saying, “But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.” (2 Peter 3:13 NRSV).

And, of course, John sees all this in vision and tells us, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.” (Revelation 21:1 NRSV). But notice what this transformation will usher in:  “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.’ And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’” (Revelation 21:3-5 NRSV).

This good news should indeed bring smiles of joy and a lifestyle that reflects those changes here and now, as we bravely live a kingdom life!

Prayer
Father, we fervently pray as Jesus has taught us; “Thy Kingdom come!”
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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