Fresh Hope – 6th May 2016

Yesterday, I turned up to our church offices, knowing that a lovely married couple that we know, had rented one of the offices along the corridor from us.

It was nice to think that the office block would have more people that we knew coming and going.

I decided that I would pop my head around their door, just to say hello and welcome. As I walked inside to ask how they were finding everything, I commented on the fact that they were working at their separate desks whilst having no lights switched on.

They looked at me with a sad look on their faces and embarrassingly stated that they needed to save on the electric bills; I explained that the electricity was all included in the rental cost, to which they both jumped up and turned the light switch on!

As I was about to turn around and leave, I asked the husband why he was wearing his thick winter coat…you’ve guessed it, he wanted to save on the gas too, and yes, it was also included in the rental cost.

The truth was, that come day or night, all the offices are warm and well lit at no extra charge.

I started to think about how often we live our lives like paupers, not realising that Jesus has made us co-heirs of all that is His.

How many times have you decided not to do something because we felt it would be too much of a leap of faith, when in reality God has already decided to bless us far more than we could ever ask or think?

I heard about the man that gave his whole life savings to go on the cruise of a lifetime.

Each night, he would walk by the sumptuous restaurants on board, and would only imagine what it would be like to sit at the captain’s table and have fine dining each night, but then retire to his cabin to eat yet again the rationed cheese and biscuits that he had brought in his suitcase.

As he ended the cruise, the captain shook his hand and enquired as to why he had never seen him in the dining room.

The man embarrassingly admitted that he could not afford the extra cost of the fine dining. “Oh”, said the captain, “didn’t you realise that it was all included in the price?”

How that man must have felt to realise when it was too late, that he could have eaten at the captain’s table each night?

Today, Jesus spreads before you a banquet and expects you to come and partake in it.

Stop living life like Heaven is in recession. Jesus came to give you life to the full.

1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

Pastor Mark

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