From a (retired) pastor’s pen July 29, 2019


Recognition. I was driving up the street to do bits and pieces the other day and I noticed a VW Kombi driving behind me. I started to consider the way the value of old Kombis has skyrocketed these days. Then, I noticed an old VW Beetle coming towards me. A thought came to me, “I wonder if they'll be any recognition, of either driver, of the passing of these two icons of motoring past (and present)?”

Sure enough, as I glanced in my rear vision mirrors, I saw the driver of the Kombi flash their headlights several times. How special was that? Either driver might not have not known the other but, there was a recognition of the brand name, and model, of the cars which passed on the road.

My thoughts then went on one of my mental side-tracks thinking about some of the teachings of the New Testament which give me confidence to come into God’s presence at the time I move from life in the present to life in the eternal.

In the New Testament book of The Acts of the Apostles, the Apostle Peter is recorded as preaching, on the day the church was born - ‘The Day of Pentecost’, the following words. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven to men by which we must be saved, The Name of Jesus Christ.”

When we move from this life to the next God will recognise us when we come to Him, in the name of Jesus. They'll be a recognition, not for who we are or what we might have achieved, but, because of what Jesus has done for EVERYONE, everywhere.

Let’s make sure God will recognise us, and wear the name of Jesus with honour and sincerity.




 Brian formerly of Eden Church of Christ, 6496 3367