To the Holy and faithful children of God in Amanzimtoti and Kingsburgh. Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
It is true that I am thankful to God for you because of your faith in Jesus Christ and for the love that you have for each other. This love is a product of the hope that you have stored up for you, a hope not just in a future heaven but in the knowledge that God’s will is for you to experience the fullness of His peace even now on earth. Being in the Kingdom means that we live in the same circumstances as those around us, but that we work in the love of God for the good of others. We shed our worldly desires for fame, and power, and self-aggrandizement. We no longer live just for ourselves, but we live for community, we live counting others as worthy to be served, to be loved to be befriended.
I was following a group chat dealing with a community problem this last week. There were plenty of complaints. What intrigued me was how few supportive and helpful comments were made. There was no sense of this is how we are going to endure this together. How can we do something for ourselves.
We have become a society that abdicates our own responsibilities, and we need as church to stem that tide and change the game. And you can’t do that on Whatsapp by the way. It doesn’t help to pass a positive remark, (heaven forbid) but you can make a real difference. And I ask you to do so, let’s be known as the people who always remain in hope, who are always prepared to give an account of why we are still hopeful, despite ESKOM, the Post Office, the Zondo commission, we have reason to have hope.
Just this week I have spoken to a few people who have family oversees that are planning to return. They have seen the bigger picture and they have hope. We don’t need to visit China to see that there is a reason to hope. We need to see the world as God calls us to see it. A place that He loves. A place that He loved so much that He sent His one and only son and that now He sends you too, not to judge the world but to save it.
Please remain fervent in prayer and seek God’s guidance for His church as we seek to be about God’s business and doing God’s will, His good, holy, and perfect will, and pray for me as I pray for you that God will give you the strength to do all that He has called you to.
May the peace of God which surpasses all understanding be with you, now and always.
From one who serves among you.