I recalled this week the time Norma and I went to Somerleyton Hall and Grounds in Lowestoft. It is a great place to visit. After touring the house and the grounds, we ventured into the maze and there is a picture of it above. We did struggle to find the centre of the maze and then to find our way out. It looks easy from above, but when you are in a maze it is far from easy. I remember that we kept coming up with "rules to follow" and yet time and time again we came to a dead end. To be honest it was other people who helped point us in the right direction.
Life can be like that. It can feel like a maze sometimes, where we are unsure what is next, what to do, and what is just around the corner. We can be surrounded by all kind of "high hedges" and people saying do this, do that, listen to this or that, etc... The Apostle Paul exhorts us to keep our eyes on the true and lasting prize of Christ's crown, sceptre, palace, treasure, robes, and heritage. Christ deems his happiness completed by His people sharing it as co-heirs (Romans 8:16–17) and He offers it to all who come and follow Him with faith and trust.
The Apostle Paul says, "And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified." (1 Corinthians 9:25–27). Let's keep running Christ's race in the maze of earthly life, keeping our eyes on Jesus, who is the prize.
This Saturday/Sabbath we will once again assemble together as one church, with people in the Lowestoft Church building, with people on Zoom and with others watching via Facebook. The Family Service will start at 11.15am. We apologise for the problems on Zoom and Facebook last Saturday, and ask for your patience as we are on a learning curve for live-streaming from the church building.
Blessings to you all in the name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
- Pastor Mark Borrett