Bright Future

     "The future of the church is bright." So begins an editorial in this month’s Christian Chronicle. The editorial focuses on the current activities of thousands of young people across the country and the contradictory indications of numerical decline in attendance at churches and at church related colleges and universities. The necessary application is that we need to be sure we continue to promote and nurture the spiritual nature of our own children and grandchildren.

     But I thought of a couple of other items as I read this editorial. There are certainly other reasons to believe in the church’s bright future. One that did receive a quick mention in the editorial is the realization "that the Almighty God sent his son down to Earth and allowed him to die on a cross to save the world from its sins" (ibid.) The love shown in such a sacrifice on our behalf certainly indicates that God will give the church what she needs to be strong and vibrant as time continues. (See Romans 8:32.)

     The church’s bright future is also indicated in the burgeoning churches of third world nations. A great receptivity is being displayed by people who’s cultures are more in tune with ideas of spirituality. As our own country’s economy leads people to rethink their priorities, they may also become more spiritually receptive.

     Of course, the church’s future is bright because God promises it will be. This promise exists regardless of the church’s current condition at any time (see Romans 8:18 and 2 Corinthians 4:17). We should all be living and looking for the "crown of glory" (1 Peter 5:4; see also 2 Timothy 4:8).


Romans 8:32 (ESV)
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not
also with him graciously give us all things?

Romans 8:18 (ESV)
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing
with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

2 Corinthians 4:17 (ESV)
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of
glory beyond all comparison,

1 Peter 5:4 (ESV)
And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of
glory.

2 Timothy 4:8 (ESV)
Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord,
the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also
to all who have loved his appearing.

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