Going Deeper 04.26.2021
An excerpt from yesterday's message...

Indeed, we can only imagine how incredible our eternal destination will be. The highest of our joys and enjoyments during this life will only prove to be a foretaste of what is to come. And when things on this side of eternity bring fear or pain or illness or any other kinds of hardship, we can think about the joys which await us and find hope and peace and strength for each day.

In the meantime, we do well to be inspired and empowered by God to be of earthly value, to be channels through whom God strengthens and extends His Kingdom in the here and now. We are not meant to simply sit and twiddle our thumbs, just waiting for eternal life in heaven to arrive. Neither are we to get so caught up in the things of this world that we have no significant interest in the coming of God Kingdom.

Instead, we are to seek above all other things to abide in God and in His love, and to have God and His love abide in us in ways which produce the good fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Bearing this fruit will bring some heaven here and now… and the Good Lord knows how much we need that!
Together on the Journey,
Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church, Wellington
"Gratefully Growing Servants"