On Monday night we had a late night farewell bonfire and munch for Richard King. He’s leaving us to support a smaller Jesus Fellowship household, House of Miracles in the the eastern district of Northampton. Friends, a bonfire, Doritos and DrPepper. Times like these are always opportunities to ponder life.
This year’s been a bit of a tumultuous one for us. After moving home last November (it’s nearly been a year!) we’ve met a few big bumps along the road. Some of us have ‘been through the mill’, and it’s been a battle for all of us.
Sometimes I look back and wonder if I would have started on this road if I knew how hard it was going to be. I’ve often thought the words of one Coldplay song “Nobody said it was easy/No one ever said it would be this hard.”
God requires so much of us, much more than we thought it would be possible to give. The cross we carry sometimes seems to weigh more than we can lift.
However, whatever happens I know that God is faithful, and God doesn’t do half measures. God’s promised us it’s more than worthwhile, and God’s promises are more rock-solid than the laws of gravity.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
And what is our crown of life? We’ll have to keep hanging on until we see the indescribable riches on the other side of Eternity.
And yet… although the Kingdom of Heaven is not yet, it’s pushing itself into the here-and-now of everyone who’s face is toward God.
For what is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Is it not you?
Richard King is one such brother.