Being in London this week before I share in a church this weekend reminds me of the importance of faithful persistence in doing what is right. You can find the history of Protestant reformation here at every turn in England. Our forefathers turned a culture from religious bondage to freedom. And with that decision, which came at great cost, came the benefits we enjoy today as followers of Jesus.
We can worship were we chose and in the form that is most meaningful. We have our own Bible to read. We can elect national leaders and know they are not to meddle in the affairs of the church. We have pastors who lead through God’s word and we can voluntarily follow unlike papal decrees. And the list goes on.
It is also obvious that a city like London has a dark side too. It is a reminder that one can lose their way if they repeatedly make wrong choices. A phrase we’ve read a lot around here is, “Good girls go to heaven and bad girls go to London.” Isnt’t sad to proclaim that as if it was something to be proud of?
But before we point out someone else’s failings let’s all look in the mirror and see if we are faithfully walking out the benefits and privileges of a vital and sacrificial faith that was passed on to us. Galatians 6:9 says, “Don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.” Remember that not only do today’s choices have consequences that affect tomorrow but there are future generations depending on your faithfulness. What legacy are you leaving?