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During March 2020 all of our services and meetings were suspended due to the impact of and Governement response to the coronavirus pandemic. As part of my keeping in touch with everyone I began to write weekly letters. These blog posts are simply extracts from those letters.

What's Inside?

By bridcf, Oct 4 2020 11:50AM

A few days ago I went to the Delivery Office to collect a parcel for my eldest son. It was from ‘Rails of Sheffield’ and was large enough to contain a model locomotive. So what was inside? The answer is that when you took the outer plastic wrapping off there was a sturdy box. In the box was a lot of inflatable packing and, at the centre of this, was one small packet of parts to be fixed to a model railway carriage so that it could connect to other carriages.


People also come in packages. So very often we like to present ourselves in different ways. There are those who like to present a superb image on the outside, there are others who may want us to see that they have a strong and sturdy character, whilst other folk like to talk a good talk although we are often left wondering what we have learned from them. All of these people have something in common. What they are really like is hidden from view and the same can be true of us, too. In fact there are times when we are afraid that if people knew what we were really like or what our thoughts were then they would reject us and want nothing more to do with us.


But yet there is Someone who really does know what is right at the heart of our being and this is Someone whose opinion of us matters more than anything. This is God.


The truth is that nothing is hidden before God: He has unlimited access to those things we would rather others didn’t know about. He goes right to the heart of the package that is ‘us’ and knows exactly what is in there. As we know only too well what lies at the heart of our package is not good and God says: ‘I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.’ (Jeremiah 17:10) So will God be like so many others and reject us out of hand.


The answer to this is that if we are truly open and honest with God about what we are really like and seek His forgiveness through Jesus then we will not be rejected. Instead, Jesus will strengthen and encourage us as we follow God. The truly wonderful thing about what God has done for us through His Son is the very way in which Jesus takes hearts that were rotten with sin and transforms them to His glory.


The Bible shows us how this transformation is revealed. The Bible says that those who follow Jesus are to be ‘like slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from your heart. Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men.’ (Ephesians 6:6-7) From hiding the reality of the sin in our hearts under our packaging Jesus has changed us so that our hearts, transformed by His grace and power, now shine out from our lives with His glory as we become the people He wants us to be and our personalities are fulfilled in Him.


May we continue to focus firmly on Jesus so that our lives may continue to reveal His glory and bear eloquent witness to what He has done for us and can also do in the lives of those who trust in Him. Amen.


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