Faith is a labor of love
By Pastor Mark
If you were asked to describe the best example of how a Christian should live, how would you answer? I would suggest a pregnant woman.
Think about it. From the moment conception is confirmed, most women embrace an entirely different lifestyle. Everything centers on the baby and motherhood; what the mother eats and drinks, the activities she does, the books she reads, programs she watches, classes she takes, home decorating and preparation; it’s all about her new existence as a mother, even before the child has officially arrived.
This is the radical change Christians should embrace.
Everything that one does, having come to a relationship with Jesus, should be geared toward becoming the best child of God we can be.
Like a pregnant woman, we live in an existence that is developing, awaiting its eventual fulfillment. For the mother-to-be, this will happen at delivery. For the Christian, the Kingdom of God, present in our world, will not be fulfilled until Jesus returns. Our task is to anticipate this great event through preparation and proclamation.
The Apostle Paul described this experience to the Church at Rome. “We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to son-ship, the redemption of our bodies.” — Romans 8:22-23.
Creates a whole new meaning of “Christian labors” doesn’t it?
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.