Fresh Hope – 5th February 2016

We have all heard the saying ‘so near and yet so far’ – how true it is.

This past week, I’ve been at a conference connected to the Dream Center in Los Angeles.

The Dream Center now houses 900 people that want to get their lives turned around – many of whom have lived a life of drug addiction, crime and prostitution.

Individuals and even whole families that had previously had no choice but to live on the streets, are housed and rehabilitated with amazing success.

I couldn’t help but notice that just around the corner from the Dream Center, literally a short walk, many people were living in cardboard boxes, tents or makeshift shelters underneath a bridge.

In reality, all they had to do was to make a decision to walk around the corner and they could potentially walk into the start of a brand new life. They could find a proper bed, warm clothing, daily meals and medical help, all free of charge and even become part of programmes to put them back on their feet…they are so near and yet so far.

For many, the effort of changing what they have always known is just too much for them, opting for a life of misery rather than asking for help.

Listening to this story, you could well say to yourself ‘how sad that people would live like this’, and yet how many of us in our very different and potentially cosy lives do a very similar thing?

Underneath our seemingly ‘I’ve got it all together’ lives, we refuse the very hand of hope that Jesus reaches out to us with.

We know that He exists and that He is able to help but we choose to live in the lifestyle that we have grown accustomed to.

Let me ask a couple of questions if I may today. Questions that you may not want to answer, in fact you may be offended by them, but nevertheless they need to be asked.

Are you happy and willing to live and die doing exactly what you are doing today?

Are you happy to carry on with the only life you know, or are you willing to get up and take a walk into a life that Jesus promises that’s ‘just around the corner’ right now?

We are all in the same boat, in that we need to know God’s hand of hope in forgiveness, acceptance and a brand new life of purpose.

The choice is yours.

God has already provided all of that for you and we simply have to accept His offer today.

Why not take the walk around the corner today and step into an incredible life that Jesus is offering to all that are willing to accept it.

John 10:10 (Message Bible)
Jesus said…’I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.’

Pastor Mark

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