Belfast United Methodist Church
Friday, November 24, 2017
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01 from our pastor


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Dear my sisters and brothers in Christ,

You may have heard the famous quote, “Even if I knew the world would end tomorrow, I would continue to plant my apple trees.” What would you do today if you knew the world would end tomorrow? What would you do if today is your last day on the earth?
 

To me, this question is about the purpose for my life. For what do I live? What is the ultimate purpose for my life? What is most important to me? What does God wants me to do and to be today? (I would like to invite you to pause here and think about these questions before proceeding to read the next paragraph of this letter.)

In Ephesians 1:11-12, the Bible says, “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone” (The Message).

Does it make any differences in your life that you believe in Jesus Christ? If it does, what differences does it make? If not, why not?

Does it make any differences in others’ lives that you believe in Jesus Christ? If it does, what difference does it make? If not, why not? (I would like to encourage you to take another pause here and reflect on these questions.)

If today is the last day of my life on this earth, I would do something to express my grateful heart for Jesus Christ’s love for me and my love for Him. I would give good morning kisses to my family as they leave for their schools. I would go to the sanctuary in the church and enjoy solitude with God. I would visit people and remind them how much God loves them. I would go the Moose Point Park and enjoy talking with God while walking with our loving Rocky (our family dog). I would praise God with my guitar. I would go to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting and celebrate the beauty of being together with God and one another. I would talk with my parents on Skype and tell them how much I appreciate and love them. I would give “See you later” kisses to my wife, son, and Rocky and tell them, “God loves you. So do I. And there is nothing you can do about it.” And then, I will play the song “I Bid You Goodnight” sung by Soweto Gospel Choir as I go to bed.

Lay down my dear sisters and brothers. Lay down and take your rest. I want to lay your head upon your Savior’s breast. I love you all but Jesus loves you the best. And I bid you goodnight, goodnight, goodnight (I Bid You Goodnight).

After all, I would do my daily routine with a grateful heart because I do know this is the life God calls me to live each and every day until I take the last breath on earth. Amen!
 

What would you do if today is your last day on this earth?

God bless you all. I love you all. May God’s steadfast love continue to be with you all!
 

In Christ,

Your Pastor Jinwoo


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