Surprise Party


This week, like just about every week, there were some things which weren’t a surprise (e.g. the result of the SSM Postal Survey), some which were (e.g. Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe seemingly losing power after decades of dictatorship), and some things which we just couldn’t predict how they would turn out (e.g. Australia beating Honduras in the soccer).

Such is life! It simply doesn’t totally go according to our expectations, which can be both good and bad. This is how things often go with telling others about Jesus. You might know people whom you thought would become Christians —but who have not (I do), or you might know people you are surprised did become believers (I do).

So, we just don’t know what will happen. This should make you and I do numerous things —

We should be delighted with God’s surprising grace when a person is unexpectedly converted (unexpected to us, that is, not to God);

We should be praying that our families, friends, neighbours, work colleagues etc. will be saved — because, ultimately, we can’t save them, only God can do that;

We should be trusting that God is good and that his plans are good and so not get angry with him when people we so dearly want to be saved haven’t yet become Christians;

We should be continuing to tell others about God, because our powerful and loving God is continuing to save people every year here in Cairns and elsewhere.

We should be looking at this world with Jesus-coloured glasses:

– with understanding that those who think they have so much really have nothing of ultimate worth, while you have “every spiritual blessing in Christ” “in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 1:3)

– with compassion on our nation and our world who are “harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:36).

Friends, heaven is like an eternal feast, a party — and God will surprise us with joy over the people who will be there, whom we will share bliss for ever!














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