Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.
I find it helpful to be reminded about certain key points regarding my Christian walk on a fairly regular basis! This week I was reminded of one of these – I am a stranger in a foreign, hostile land.
We are only passing through this land – (or this life!). It is temporary. It is not ours and was never intended to be. How easy it is to get ensnared by the ways of the world – to put things, activities and even people in a place of importance that can often be in place of or even higher than where we put God. Don’t get me wrong – there is nothing wrong with these things in themselves but do they have a hold on us and have they become idols in our eyes and our life?
More and more there is growing persecution and a hatred toward Christians and our beliefs. We are ‘strangers’ to those who don’t believe. People can be hostile towards us. We shouldn’t be surprised because Paul speaks about it in scripture. It was and always has been that way. As we ‘pass through this land’ let us give our lives to the Lord in everything we do. The reward when we leave is something our minds cannot conceive because it is so wonderful. In the meantime let’s continue to daily lay down our lives and live for Jesus in everything we do.
With love & blessings, Sandra