July '10

To know Christ and to make Him known

 

Dear Friends,

This has been a mixed few days.  A successful Village Day of celebration when Churches Together won the prize for the best stall …….. and then we had the Budget !  But what is uppermost in my mind is the Thanksgiving service for the life of Jack Wolzak – a very dear and respected member and Elder, who, with Betty, has served this church faithfully since 1973.  I can see his smile now.  His faith exhibited a security and hope that our world in these uncertain times would long to have.  He was grounded in the Truth and a firm trust in the promise that those in Christ share in Christ’s resurrection at their death.  As he was ‘in Christ’ he was already plugged into eternity.  He knew that God’s love does not depend on us impressing God with the things we do but is shown in what he has already done for us in Christ. Good works are the fruit of salvation not the means of salvation.

 Jack was a highly intelligent man with many gifts, particularly in the field of international finance, and had many words of wisdom on the current financial plight in which we find ourselves.  But I know that he would agree that, as people within whom Christ has taken up residence, whatever our bank balance, we share in the riches of Christ as co-heirs with Him. Matthew 25 verse 34  states “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world’”.   In this world in which we live much is based on what we can see now and we tend to live for now.  We have borrowed from the future to enhance the present.  As Christians our present day lives are lived in the light of eternity, but also the eternal God is present in us now and we can taste something of the joys of heaven as we live in Him day by day.

 The Chancellor can give and take away as he deems appropriate to sort out current problems in his plans for the next 10 years or so, but God gives freely in His plans which are for our eternal salvation. He gives us a love that is far beyond what the world can give, and the world can never take it away.  The Chancellor’s plans are centred on political and economic objectives which can change as circumstances change. God’s plans for us have been there since the creation of the world and he instils in us his unchanging moral compass because He is the same yesterday, today and for ever.

So, Jack, thank you for the shining witness of your life.  You now join the ”great cloud of witnesses” of the heroes of  faith of the past.  We will now “fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfector of our faith” as we continue to run the race that you ran” (see Hebrews 12 vv 1,2).

May God, through His Holy Spirit, strengthen us and give us resolve to be the people He made us to be, and to be shining lights  in a world struggling to find its way. We remember in prayer and love, Betty and her family, and all those grieving or sad at their loss. We also continue to pray for those that we know to be ill, injured or lonely.

God bless you all.

With love,     David


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