The Christian Public Servant – “very concerned with newness”

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November 16, 2017 – Thursday

Reading

Revelation 21:3-5 [NIV] And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

Reflection

Might be my age, but seems like everyone is suddenly very concerned with newness. Driving to work, countless drivers in shiny new cars. Was it always like this? And at work, there is a new soda machine that does amazing things with a bottle of Coke. What was wrong with the old machine? When I got my car washed after work, the attendant pushed the “new car” spray. Is my car that old? And when I got home, turning on the TV, all the news reporters looked like teenagers. What happened to the older ones? Suddenly there is so much change, and everyone seems to be very concerned with newness.

This is the promise of scripture. If we are faithful, things will change – for the good and for eternity. There will be no more “tears,” “pain,” or “death.” All the “old order” will pass away, and everything will be made new. This is a hope that should drive you and me to do better – even at work – and treat everyone – especially at work – like children of God who may live in that new world. We should not care about the temporary shiny newness of today, but we must look forward to the youthful and new promise of this world’s tomorrow with Him dwelling with us.

As you drive to work today, be very concerned with newness. And remain that way while at work and after work. But do not be concerned with the earthly and quickly-fading shiny newness of our old world. No. Today, be very concerned with newness that God will bring very soon when He dwells with you.

Prayer

Dear Lord, I am glad and full of joy that I can trust in You and Your word. The thought of all things new fills me with thanksgiving and helps me look beyond today to that time I dwell with You for all time. Help me share that hope with those who desperately need it in this world so they too may cling to You as their God. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Stan Best
Training Manager
Apprentice School
Newport News Shipbuilding
Newport News, Virginia USA

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