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Today I had the opportunity to sit in front of my TV and be a greeter at Church. This isn’t how this is supposed to be. We had some technical difficulties, and the feed was missing sound for the first 10 minutes. This is not how this is supposed to be. I had technical difficulties at home with my TV, and I participated in the service through a 4″ phone. This morning all I thought was, “This isn’t how it is supposed to be.”
During the service, once it got working, I had some friends from Church text me about the tech stuff and sent me thanks for it working. I had nothing to do with fixing it, I just let the team know at Church it wasn’t working. At the end of our conversation, one of them said, “I can’t wait until I can see my Church family again.” I agreed this isn’t how this is supposed to be.
Although there is a lot of good that has come from all this, not the least of which is churches and people sharing Jesus online, I cannot tell you how much I want to be together with people in worship. This is not how it is supposed to be. I look forward to the amazing moment when our community can be together again. It will be a great moment for our people and for me personally. I love people, and I can’t wait to be together again.
I had a thought today; even when we get back together, even when we get together and pull out all the stops and it feels like heaven, it won’t be. This just isn’t how it is supposed to be. You see one day, when this is all over, we will gather all together, in person, in our resurrected body for worship that will last for eternity. It will be beyond amazing, and it will be beyond everything we have ever experienced or seen. We will hug our loved ones and celebrate Jesus like we can’t even imagine. That is the day we see a little here but will see more fully when Jesus comes again.
I pray as we go through these days that we are reminded that this isn’t how it is supposed to be, not just in worship, all of it. Jesus changes everything, and I can’t wait for it to be just as He said it will be.
13 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14 I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
15 “Therefore they are before the throne of God,
and serve him day and night in his temple;
and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.
16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore;
the sun shall not strike them,
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd,
and he will guide them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Revelation 7:13-17 ESV
So one of the great things about no school is time. We have time to talk with our kids, and families, time to just sit back and reflect on our joys of being together….Ok so really I wish this previous statement were more true than not. This past week I think I may have said out loud “Children it is time for all of you to be quarantined in your own rooms with head phones on.” At one point all I heard was my daughters friends from school on Google hangouts. I heard endless giggling and talking. My daughter was walking around the house and my wife turned to me and said we really are going to have to thank Jeff for starting all of our kids onto this group chat thing. That all being said, I want to go back to that first statement. I had this moment tonight where Jesus began to teach through my daughter because I was around in these day to listen to her.
Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Luke 18:15-17 ESV
We were sitting on the coach last night. I was tired and started watching a video called the Chosen. It is a new Jesus tv series you can stream for free. I actually really like it especially as I have been reading through the Gospels this Lenten season. The show in episode 7 shows Nicodemus coming to Jesus to hear those famous words in John 3:16. Ella looks at me as she is sitting and watching and says “Dad I have so many questions for when Jesus comes. Will he just tell us all these things or will we know?” I looked at her and said I don’t really know but I am excited too. I can’t wait to fully understand all of this. She asked if we could watch one more episode but I said tomorrow. She wants to watch all of them with me again because she missed the early ones.
I was moved by this whole moment because of her hunger for Jesus. This kid reminded me of the child like faith I so quickly lose in my life. She was so innocent in her want to know Jesus and fully understand him. To fully understand His love for us. How are you doing in your child like faith? I know I have more often than not come to reading the word as a chore or something to get through, or something to do for work. I want to be more like my younger daughter and come to it with such excitement that I can’t help but smile when I hear about Jesus. May we all find this child like faith in these coming days.