As we were working on building our Vision and Mission for our parish and church, something that we like to do with the planning teams is remind the group about the lifecycle of a church. Churches are like people, they’re born…they grow up…and then they die. The difference is that people only get one life to live. Churches can have multiple lifecycles. Of Course, this is the same when we strategize for organisations too.
But this is not about the multiple lifecycles we truly wish we can live, the absolute reality is and the absolute guarantee is that we are alive and we will surely die at some point!
A few weeks back, a dear sister of ours passed away. Her life was not a bed of roses,was a tough journey and she left us at the age of 41. I think back 29 years when my mom left us when she was just 39. I am sure each of us have lost very close family and friends and this is truly heart breaking.
Last night, a family member lost her dear friends son, he died whilst washing the car that evening. But then she called us and insisted that I am not allowed to wash the car, her husband was not allowed to wash the car, no gardening allowed and no this and no that…….why……, because if we work hard, we will die too!
As I sat in church today, the reading was about Jesus predicting His death and his beloved disciple Peter was not willing to accept this. The fact that this was a purpose that had to be fulfilled. The more I read this and understood this, the more I am clear that I am surely going to die one day!
We have friends and family who are dealing with the stark reality that sooner or later death will follow but, the fact is, am I ready, do I know where I will end, Heaven or Hell? Peter was told very clearly that he did not have in his mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for the almighty will find it.
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
My prayer is that I will find the will of my father and fulfil my purpose.