February 2018

January 25, 2018

Thoughts From The Cottage

Dear Friends

I look out of the office windows and see the fields and the trees but my mind is drawn not to them per se but to the creator behind them, to God himself. I am reminded that God created everything for his pleasure and gave us this world to enjoy. He didn’t have to do it, but he did because of his immense love for us. Alongside this my mind went to the Westminster Shorter Catechism of 1646/7. This says that the main purpose of (hu)man(kind) is to glorify God and to enjoy him for ever. So what does this all mean?

As Christians our duty, responsibility and joy is to point people towards God and to reflect him in our lives. Not for us is the desire to moan about the state of the world, indulge in gossip about other people or to encourage the cult of self-aggrandisement. For us our desire is to improve the state of the world, encourage and support other people and to remind people that all they have and all they are is given to them by God. This is underpinned by the knowledge that we serve the one and only true God and that anyone who accepts his son, Jesus Christ, as their Saviour can spend eternity with him.

Of course this is not something that happens because it seems like a good idea to us. It happens as the natural result of a deep relationship, and a life walked, with God. We cultivate this by prayer, worship, Bible study, time spent with other Christians and time spent in the presence of God without an agenda or prayer requests. Periodically I hear people say I couldn’t come to church, church meeting, or whatever because………. I wonder how often people say I couldn’t do so and so because I had to go to church, attend church meeting, pray, read my Bible?

In our life as a church do we get the balance right? At Church or Elders Meeting what proportion of time is spent in prayer, in waiting on God, in business? In worship how much time do we fill with words and how much with quiet waiting on God? If we don’t get the balance right in church we are not likely to get in right at other times and in other places.

It is vital that we have plans for the future and structures to help us function but more important than either of these is the need to spend time in prayer, praise and waiting on God. How else will we know his will for us?

It is our relationship with God that is the most important thing in our lives. We have plenty of opportunities for us to deepen our relationship with God both individually and corporately.

Maybe as Lent approaches we can commit ourselves to spending more time with God seeking his mind and see what difference it makes to us and our church.