It seems like every week we hear of another shooting or bombing. We hear of death and sickness, and we might even be dealing with death and sickness. It seems to be inescapable to see that the world is full of death. As Christians we know that this world is passing away and that when Christ returns He will make a new world where is no more death, suffering, and sin. What are we to do until then however? I can't give a one size fits all answer because I don't every situation you will face in your life. But I can offer you some principles that are biblical that can help. The first thing we need to do is see the world for what it really is. One of the great freedoms of Christianity is the freedom to look at things the way they really are. We can look at the sin in our life and call what it is because even though our sin is vile and ugly and we want to over come it, we know that Christ has forgiven us of our sins through his death on the cross. In the same was we need to see that death is not a good thing and that this world is dying. We understand that this world will pass away I think we can start to see how we prioritize our time. We put God fist in our life meaning that we cling to his word. We do not need to go searching for God because He has shown himself to us through his word which speaks about God's best revelation of Himself to us which is the person of Jesus Christ. We follow God's lead and God's command. We also are love other people and to care for them when they are in need. One thing that the Bible makes clear is that while it is the Christians job to care for those in need it is not the Christians job to make sure that there is no one in need. This does not mean that if less people became needy that it would be a bad thing, however Christians should give for the sake of loving those in need, and not for the purpose of getting rid of the needy. When Christians understand that Christ could return at any moment, or that their life could be demanded of them any moment they learn to cherish life. How sad would it be if you waited until tomorrow to tell your neighbor about Christ only for Christ to return today. We also know that our loved ones are not promised to us our life. We could lose one that we love at any moment and so we cherish them enough to not even let the sun go down without settling our anger with them if we can and they are willing. We know that when we do lose loved ones that we do not mourn with no hope, but understand that just as Jesus Christ rose from the grave so shall the ones who are asleep in Christ. We live our lives clinging to God's word seeking to know it and understand it, and we live our lives loving those who we can while we can. Witnessing about our savior Jesus Christ and trusting that even though we live in a world with so much suffering and death our God is still in control and one day every wrong will be righted and justice will be served because our God is a just God. We live our lives knowing that the justice we should receive for our sinfulness has been satisfied by Jesus Christ on the cross. That we are a people totally dependent upon the mercy of God. So we live with hope, and with faith, and with love until Christ returns. So with this in mind let us go and live in the world that will pass away knowing that our savior has gone before us and He has conquered sin and death, and if our God is for us who can stand against us?
Here you can read various thoughts and discussions that come from the mind of our Pastor