Thursday, September 24, 2009
To the investigative journalist W5 will provide all the answers to his search. Who? What? When? Where? Why?
To the Christian W5 will bring life and its story, and that more abundantly.
WORD - It is the Word of Life which impregnates the inner man with the hope and nature of Jesus. We are begotten by the Word of God and particularly the Gospels. No other testimony, argument or example of behaviour will suffice. It is a fine surgeon penetrating the superfluity of flesh to the very cancer of sin and deftly excising it. A mess is cleaned. New blood is introduced.
WAITING - Not all of God's blessings are immediate. He reveals Himself and His purposes to the persistent waiter. I am reminded of Jacob wrestling overnight with the Angel. "I will not let you go except you bless me." In the painful interval of suspense, the eager soul is exercised with the repeated confession, "He must be good. He must be good. This delay must work out for the best. There is a bigger picture." And the answer does come with release of joy and strengthened spiritual muscle and acumen.
WITNESS - Our cumulative experience in Christ is cause for perpetual praise, encouragement and testimony. We have a story of rescue to tell. We must exercise wisdom lest a clumsy or untimely delivery rob the effect in a needful listener. But tell the Good News we must. Saved from sin. Directed toward truly fulfilling and righteous purpose. Family participating and reproducing. Heaven-bound.
WINSOME - No one is more trustworthy, heroic, equitable, balanced than Jesus. Colossians tells us that He is the fulness of the Godhead bodily. The beautiful chorus says, "What a friend we have in Jesus. All our sins and grief to bear..." In moments of pain or perplexity He has come as a fresh breeze of hope. In times of joy he has added his endorsement, "Yes, this is good, and I have done it for you. Together we laugh."
WONDER - As much as we may study the Bible account, discourse with fellow believers, gather in Communion, wander pathways of natural splendour, lay ourselves prone in dark prayer closets, there will still be mystery about our offered and risen Lord and His Church. I think of those lessons given to the disciples in the forty days before His ascension and concerning which we know nothing. How much will we have to explore and study in His company in Glory. The anticipation is exhilarating.
(W5 is the name of an excellent Canadian investigative news program on CTV)