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The Best is Yet to Come

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“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, ESV)

I remember back when I was younger, watching the popular TV game show “Let’s Make a Deal!” Do you remember that show?  I know they did other things in the game, but there’s only one part I can seem to recall, or really cared about.  It was the part of the show where the contestant had to decide whether to take what was behind door number 1, door number 2 or door number 3 – without seeing what was behind any of the doors. – Such drama!  Such tension!

Isn’t that a little what life is like?  “You pays your money and you takes your chances” as the saying goes. Even poet Robert Frost portrayed this in his famous poem “The Road Not Taken.”  It’s a simple fact of life – we make a choice and we go down a path (or through a door) and our life is never the same after that.  Even if we turn around and go back through another door or down a different road, we are different for having taken the first path.  The detour itself has changed us.

This is no surprise to God!  In fact, He has designed and created us with a sense of exploration, and an imagination of “what might yet become.” Perhaps this is part of what it means for mankind to be made in “God’s image.”  The only thing is, God can see what’s beyond the doors and what’s down each path;  We cannot!  Does that mean that we must merely drift through life aimlessly and purposelessly, subject to the whim and fancy of blind chance and lost opportunity?  Absolutely not!  Why is that so?  Because we have a guide!  We have someone to guide us along life’s paths, to beckon us to move in certain directions, and to walk us through certain doors as well as to guide us to avoid others!  That guide is Jesus Christ, and the path is His Word.

And where does that path take us?  The book, The Best Is Yet to Come, suggests that God’s paths and His doorways will lead us to spiritual growth!  At Redeemer, we are going to take 10 weeks to explore seven doors of spiritual growth.  Those doors are outlined in Acts 2 as: witness, worship, connection with other believers, prayer, Bible study, giving, and serving.  As we move through each door, we will discover what God has in store for us beyond that door – it’s more than your eyes have seen, your ears have heard, and more than your heart can conceive!  Come on a journey with us as we see what God has prepared for those who love Him!  We start on September 15th – the doors are open and ready for you to move through them toward spiritual growth in Christ!

Humility Much?

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“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” – Luke 14:11

These words of Jesus are very convicting, aren’t they?  It’s easy to say to yourself, “I’ve never pushed my way to the best seat at the banquet,” and feel as though Jesus is talking to someone else.  But just think of all the ways we try to puff ourselves up.  Often by our words or actions we posture ourselves over others.  Sometimes we even directly put them down to make ourselves look good.  We have any number of status symbols: cars, houses, clothes, jewelry, tech-gadgets, job titles, and so on.  We don’t just want to keep up with the Jones’s … we want to out-do the Jones’s!  But beware. Jesus’ warning is similar to that in Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”  We may gain status, recognition or possessions in this life-time, but those will be of no value to us before the Lord.  What does the Lord value, if not the status symbols of the world?

“These are the ones I look on with favor:
those who are humble and contrite in spirit,
and who tremble at my word.” – Isaiah 66:2

May we be humble and contrite in our heart, and allow the Lord to exalt us – in His time, and in His way!

Humbly Yours,

PA