It ain’t over till God says it’s over

Do you ever get depressed about the state of the Church? How often do you think that the future is far less hopeful than the past – and that the present is far from a gift?
Well, I’ve spent some time over the past week listening to Gerard Kelly (right), pastor of Crossroads International Church in Amsterdam. He was leading the Bible readings at Spring Harvest in Minehead, Somerset, UK.
The overall theme was One People and he took us through Paul’s letter to the Philippians. One of his first points was this:
No matter how you feel about the state of the world and the Church’s often weedy response to it it ain’t over till God says it’s over.
In other words, we can be certain that God will complete his work in his time and that the end will come when he is ready – not when we think everything has fallen apart.
Gerard’s challenge was that, if God is working to do something, then we need to connect with it; we need to see where the lights are and recognise that God will complete his work in the Church: even if some of us in that Church can’t see where it’s going to happen.
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