Pastor's Message for March
Who are YOU? This is a question that can be asked in a number of different ways. We can ask it to merely ascertain a person’s name. We can ask it to invite a person to talk about their work and career. Or we can ask it philosophically to explore issues of a person’s character, life values and inner personal traits.
When I ask this question, I often wonder at a person’s sense of their own ‘being’. Do they see themselves as simply an accidental ‘protoplasmic blob’ of chemical reactions that have come together, for a short span of time, only to eventually be re-absorbed back into the elements of the earth? Or, do they see themselves as a unique individual, wonderfully and marvellously created by an organised and meticulous intelligence, with a life that has a definite purpose and worth, even beyond their own limited understandings?
Personally, I am a proponent of the latter. When I was younger, I was constantly amazed at the night sky. I would wonder what other mysteries were ‘out there’. (Even now I ponder on what the scientists are trying to say when they postulate an ever accelerating universe and the possibility of dark energy, which is in opposition to gravity.) Also, even today, I am enthralled at the many wonders and beauties of this earth in which we live – the variety of animals and their habitats, the sea, forests, rivers and the like. When all is said and done, I find it immensely easier to understand a divine intelligence, as the author of creation, than to subscribe to the theory of mindless random chance to bring about such intricacies of order and design.
So, I get back to my first question: Who are YOU? If chaos and disorder is the rule of the universe, then it is superfluous to ever ask, ‘Why are you alive?’, or to ever question why anything happens, because the answer will always be mindless random chance. If, however, you accept there is a creative and rational intelligence (usually referred to as God), who has authored the universe and life, then there is an amazing journey ahead for each one of us to discover ‘Him’; to know ‘His’ mind, personality and heart.
This is a journey others have undertaken before us. In the Bible, in Jeremiah 1:5, Jeremiah heard God say to him; ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you (set you apart) ..’ Isn’t this amazing! Also in John 3:16 the Apostle John came to understand; ‘For God so loved the world that He gave …’. These verses in the Bible, and many more, reveal how some have discovered that God is an awesome God, who both knows us and gives good gifts to us. This is someone I want to know more and more every day. How about YOU?
[If you ever want to talk about some of these life issues feel free to join with us on a Sunday and we can arrange to sit and chat.]Read More
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