The word of God is living! What does that mean? Think about a caterpillar. It first walks around like a tiny furry burrito eating plants and then one day it weaves a cocoon to start its next stage of life. The caterpillar stays hidden within that cocoon until one day it emerges into it’s new form with new capabilities but it is the same “being” that started as a caterpillar.
The word of God has a similar development process where once it is spoken, that it will have it’s immediate impact and it doesn’t simply end there but at times God’s word will go into a hidden cocoon stage where it is developing some new things on top of it so that there will be another impact later in time! This time period can last within the short time of a person’s life or can span across hundreds if not thousands of years.
A prophetic message of the messiah is given in today’s passage. This is the last prophetic vision of the first half of the book of Zechariah and it ends with the promise of the Messiah that will restore hope where there is hopelessness and fix what is broken.
The initial impact of the messianic promise is given when Zechariah is told to crown Joshua the High Priest as a symbolic act and gives prophetic words of a being that will be named “Branch” who will be the one that builds the temple of the LORD. Now the initial impact comes when the people of God actually rebuild the temple of the LORD that stands before the coming of Jesus but the Messiah does not come till hundreds of years later. The dynamic development of the initial promise goes to stage two, where the temple of the LORD that is being built by the Messiah will not be one made of stone but will be made through people known as the church, with Christ being the head.
What does this have to do with us today? It has everything to do with Christians today as we are the physical representation of a prophecy that is still being fulfilled and that we are not hearing about it or will see the coming of it but in actuality living right dab in the middle of it! We are in the cocoon stage of development and thus the hope we have is the realization that the life we live now is not the life we will live in the future with Christ in heaven. That in this between time we are to not sit back but expand forward by being the hands and feet of God to spread His name and compassion to those around us till that glorious day where the church, with Christ leading the way, will be shown in all of it’s glorious wonder!
Till that day, let us take everyday with the intention of moving towards Christ likeness and developing not only our own spiritual walks but invest in encouraging and building up the body of Christ!
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Faithfulness in the cocoon stage makes a glorious result
Romans five states, "Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith[b] into this grace in which we stand, and we[c] rejoice[d] in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."
To suffer as a Christian is not fun but if you know the purpose you will be able to endure the suck. In the moments where the Christian life is unbearable we have the promise that we have God’s love in the process to help us through and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. I want to encourage you that as you endure long times of studying or working towards a goal, work in a similar way by no not giving up in the process of your spiritual development. You will get into a college one day, you will get a job one day, and you will one day get married (hopefully), but in due time all those things will come to an end but the life with the LORD will endure forever. Don’t run from the hard times for we will never know the glory of triumph if we run.
Come to service(s) [Friday, Sunday, events]
This is one of those things that are simple but hard to execute but can reveal the priorities in our lives. If you see that in the midst of being busy, does your attendance and commitment to weekly gatherings diminishing? If so, we must really ask ourselves why God is being given up for the sake of individual goals. Granted we are not asking for perfect attendance but the Christian walk is both an individual and community thing. It is individualistic in that you have to personally have a relationship with God but you realize that when you commit to God that you are actually also committing to the church that Jesus died for. I get that sometimes our deepest wounds come from the church community and by no means am I excusing the sins of people but the church is a gathering of people who are all in the process of being healed by the Holy Spirit. In this environment, bitterness or separation is not the answer but grace and understanding. As much as we want to be understood, can we understand one another and commit to fight for each other by showing up to encourage one another? #seeyoutomorrow @7:30 PM >8)