21 April 2020

Thankful and Longing for More

Dear Church Family,

We continue to be thankful to God for the ability to be able to participate in church through the live streaming. It is a real blessing to be able to worship God together in this way. However, we can all admit that, as good as this is, it is not the same as meeting together physically in one place worshipping God.

Thankfulness for what we have and longing for more is a common experience at the moment in lots of areas. We should be thankful for what we have - a home to live in, food to eat, access to people through the phone or internet and many other things. But there are also longings for good things that we look forward to once this pandemic is over: a hug from a family member, gathering with friends, going out for a meal or taking a trip to a beautiful place.

Thankfulness for what we have and longing for something more is not a feeling that only takes place during this time of pandemic - this is the normal experience of our lives. However, as Christians, whilst we may be thankful for many of the blessings of God’s common grace that the world also has, we have more to be thankful for, especially the blessings we saw on Sunday morning in Ephesians 1 of being chosen, rescued, enlightened and heirs.

The Holy Spirit enables us to find rest and contentment in God, but that doesn’t mean we won’t long for more. We will explore this on Sunday morning when we look at the next part of Ephesians and how Paul prays we would know God better and have a deeper experience of his blessings. What we are thankful for and what we long for tell us a lot about the state of our hearts. Our deepest longings will only be fulfilled In Christ, we should always be longing for more of Him.

Experiences of both thankfulness and longing will not end when this pandemic does. It will be our life until we have all our longings fulfilled when we meet with Jesus face to face. I do hope that you are longing to get back to worshipping God together; I know I certainly am. But when we are longing for this, let those feelings draw your hearts heavenward. Our longing to meet together as Christians reminds us that, even when we do meet together, it is still a taste of a greater gathering in a greater congregation. 

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters
and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:

Hallelujah!

    For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

Let us rejoice and be glad

    and give him glory!

For the wedding of the Lamb has come,

    and his bride has made herself ready.

Fine linen, bright and clean,

    was given her to wear.” 

(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of Gods holy people.) 

(Revelation 19:6-8)

On that day all longing will be fulfilled forever.

Much love,
Steve