Church Write-Up: Seeking Eternity Through Legacy

At the Missouri Synod Lutheran church’s Lenten service this week, the pastor opened by mentioning that time is relative.  2002 seems like a long time ago, but, for him, it could have been last week.  In 2002, Rick Warren’s bestselling book, the Purpose Driven Life, came out.  For some reason, the pastor seemed to believe that Warren held to the Westminster Confession and believed that everything that occurs was ordained by God for a purpose, and we should just buckle under and accept what comes our way; the pastor said that Lutherans do not quite see things that way.  (Rick Warren is a Southern Baptist, and, from what I perused online, there is diversity among Southern Baptists about predestination.)  Still, the pastor said that the success of the book demonstrates that people are looking for their lives to have purpose and meaning.

The pastor talked about how life is a vapor.  We all have something in common: that we will die (assuming Jesus does not return before that).  But so many of us try to find value in the life that we have, and even to establish a legacy that will last after we die.  We try to establish our presence behind the curtain.  But even the famous come and go.

The pastor referred to a poster that his father had hanging in his den.  His father loved to collect posters, and the pastor related that his father would probably have loved the Internet had it come out when he was younger.  It came out when he was old, however, and he was baffled and confused by it.  Anyway, one of his posters had a quote from a missionary, which said that everything we do for Christ lasts forever.  The pastor said that such a mindset, when taken in a certain direction, can become a burden, as we try to establish a legacy for Christ.  But the pastor thought that the focus on Christ was correct.

The pastor proceeded to share the Gospel of Jesus dying for our sins and giving righteousness and eternal life to those who believe.  How can we be assured that we will have eternal life?  The pastor said that we hold on to God, but also the Holy Spirit holds on to us, sealing us for our eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14).

I’ll stop here.  I know this is a summary, but it is all I feel like writing right now.  It is mainly for my records, anyway.  It leaves me a legacy of the service, to which I can return, whenever I wish.


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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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