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From Your Pastor’s Heart – Sign Posts

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“When the reality is there, the signpost is no longer necessary.” That’s N.T. Wright’s assessment (Surprised by Hope, pg. 105) of the lack of a temple in Heaven. While the world awaits its final redemption at the return of Jesus, we need signposts to direct our attention to the presence of God in a sin-wrecked environment. The last week of March felt sin-wrecked to me. There were 5 deaths in 5 days that had a very personal impact on our church family and community. Add to that list of calamities the terror attack in Brussels on Tuesday of that same week, it begins to feel overwhelming. In God’s new heaven and new earth there will be no more death or confusion (Revelation 21:4; 1 John 3:2), no longer any need for signposts to give us direction. However, today while we still walk in the valley of the shadow of death we need some signposts. Wright goes on to say, “As in Romans and 1 Corinthians, the living God will dwell with and among His people, filling the city with His life and love and pouring out grace and healing in the river of life that flows from the city out to the nations.” (Surprised by Hope, pg. 105) That’s what eternity will be like, and to be honest with you, the older I am, the more I long for that day. But for now I see a description in those words of the Church in the midst of death and the depraved, destructive minds of humans today. As believers we are “ambassadors for God” (2 Corinthians 5:20) representing Him who has provided for our redemption. As an ambassador I have the privilege of “filling my city with His life and love”. The prophet Isaiah said it well when he spoke of the end of days saying, “for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” (Isaiah 11:9) While we make our way through this life we do so with the knowledge that it is broken for now. And we have the responsibility to be a signpost for the world that there is something “far better” than this life. Hear now the words of Paul the apostle as we make our way to that last day:

“Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58