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Community in Action Week 7- Day 4

Lynn Bettes Community in Action Devotional

“…so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.” Ephesians [3:10]

One of the best parts of going to the movies is the trailers. There is something about seeing those two and a half minute previews that gets me excited about seeing the entire movie just a few short months later. Trailers are the announcement of the movie that is to come.

In many ways, the church is God’s trailer for His New Creation. It is His announcement of what is to come. We currently live in a world that is held hostage by the powers of sin, Satan, and death. But in Christ, God has defeated those powers and is beginning to unfold His plan to redeem creation back to Himself. But God starts by redeeming a people to Himself in order to announce to the world what is to come. The church is a living trailer for God’s New Creation. It is the “preview” of the world that is to come when everything is in Christ.

This is why pursuing things like unity, justice, righteousness, and love are so important for us as followers of Jesus. Because those are the realities of God’s New World. It will be a world unified in Christ, where justice and righteousness reign, and where love of God and love of one another is how things are.

You are part of God’s living trailer! Live today in a way that displays the reality of the New Creation that is to come.

Father, thank You that in Christ You have won the victory over sin, Satan, and death. Help Your church to be a living witness to Christ and to display to the world around us the reality of Your New Creation! Amen.

Revelation 21:1-7