Speaking to my father recently who is not in his 80s, I found him reading yet another book. He still reads avidly, especially on the subject of Shropshire, his home county, and horticulture. As he put the book down he said “I have decided you can not know everything”.
We all have limited days on this planet, and about one third of our life is spent asleep. The question is what do we choose to do while we are awake? King Solomon said “I wanted to see what was worthwhile for men to do under heaven during the few days of their lives” (Eccles. 3 v 2). Most things we give our lives and time to will end at the grave. We are told there are three eternal virtues – faith, hope and love. The things we do that are based on these will last for eternity.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If anyone would come after me he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me’ ” (Matt. 16 v 24). To be a disciple of Jesus means choosing to put following Him first. As we enter Lent we have the choice to deepen our discipleship or to go on as we are. For the next few weeks we will be following the Apostles Creed as our guide for opening up the faith. I suspect it will be like a conjurer’s bag, that seems small but then out come all the hidden treasures. There will be a Lent Bible class at Hesketh Bank on Tuesday evening, the Disciple group will be meeting again in different houses and on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. I will be leading a class at Barbara’s home on Station Road.
Jesus came to Matthew the tax collector in the middle of the working day and said “Follow me”. He comes to us with the same call, “Deny yourself and take up your cross and follow me”. What is worthwhile in life? Knowing Jesus!
Rev. D. Kevin Jones