Dr. Stanley Spence, Pastor First Baptist Church, Lincolnton, N.C.
I was reading about a man who discovered the honeymoon was over and how that impacted him. He set about fixing a fan in the attic of his home. As he crawled through the attic he bumped his head on the cross beam overhead. He got a big splinter in his hand sliding them along the attic floor, pinched his hand getting the new fan belt on the motor to the fan. Coming down the ladder he missed the last two steps and twisted his ankle. As he limped into the kitchen where his wife was working he was hoping for some sympathy and she blurted out, “are those your good pants!”
Many times we are apt to see the things we are looking for rather than the bigger picture right in front of us. We are inundated with news about stuff and the human drama of sin. Take time out and see the bigger picture. God has not abandoned us no matter what the news these days. God is still for us and with us. God in fact is active and unfolding His Kingdom whether we see it or not. Many today respond as the wife did in our story by seeing the pants while missing the fan repair and the personal injury sustained in the process.
God may very well be revealing the true nature of humanity's sinful nature. Gloom and doom is everywhere. Sin is everywhere. Hope can be everywhere--but it doesn’t sell advertising. On both sides of the issues we face today we have left out the true reality of God’s presence and desire for hope and transformation of humanity's sinfulness into righteousness. If the church does not hold fast to this hope, we may fall victim to the hopelessness the world is experiencing. Remind your friends of God’s plan for salvation and encourage them to hold fast to what is greatest.
When we judge the world by our righteousness we become discouraged. When we offer them the hope we have in Jesus, there is hope enough for us all. As the church, we have a mission. Go therefore into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit; teach them to observe all I have commanded you, and behold I am with you always even to the end of the age (Paraphrase of Matthew 28:19-20). We are not alone, no matter how lonely the news becomes. Let’s stay on task.