Skegby Methodist Church, on behalf of the Borders Mission Circuit, held a prayer and fasting period today to pray for the state of our nation. Moved by the recent riots on the streets of our towns and cities one of the Church members proposed a time of fasting and prayer from 11 until 2.00 p.m. today. Although I could only attend a part of it, it was certainly a worthwhile initiative and many turned out for it. The picture below is the centrepiece of the Church wall, a stunning picture of an anchor with the promise of Heaven.
As I prayed over the recommended Bible verses my eyes kept being drawn back to this image, and I felt as though I was being reminded that the only way for this world to find piece is when it is truly anchored in the love and peace of Jesus Christ.
When people feel that it is necessary to rely on looting so-called luxury goods, phones, computers and so on in order for them to have a better life then we really do have problems. Even amongst those who have successfully managed to get away with stolen goods, they are still going to be temporary and will at some stage wear out and be gone.
The anchor reminds us that there really is only one lasting thing within life and that is the love of Jesus Christ. In Matthew 6:19 Jesus said “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” (New International Version). The things of earth cannot last and therefore we shouldn`t rely on them; however Matthew 6:20 records Jesus as continuing to say “But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”
In other words we should be looking for spiritual treasure which is lasting. I feel as though the anchor (with its similar shape to the cross) was a reminder that we need to hold the spiritual treasure of Jesus which will last in both this world and the next. I have attached a picture of a cross from Gateshead to remind us of the need in society for the cross to be out of our buildings; however, I also see that on the pub behind there is an advert for a free function room. What better advert for the free (to us) function room of Heaven paid for through the cross of Jesus.
“Lord, I pray that those who looted and rioted last week may come to know you and put their trust in spiritual treasure that they may store in Heaven”