Thought for the week with The Rev Edward Lyons

Many people will have heard of the conversation with regards to the buying of a Rolls Royce car. They say at Rolls Royce, if you ask the running cost, you simply can’t afford to buy one. You are meant to want the car and it is not a purchase based on it being affordable but rather one based upon it being desirable.

Over this past week with the referendum we have got to see the amount we are willing to pay in order to be joined with others. We would like access to a market, but not at any cost. We would like to move our money and even people around but not at any cost. Also on the continent the E.U. nations would no doubt have wanted the U.K. to remain, but not at any cost.

It seems that when we forge bonds and deals and relationships we always have an upper limit we are prepared to go to and not beyond. If there is the suggestion of going beyond the limit then we pull out. Cost always trumps desire eventually. The reason is simple, we ourselves are limited. Last week was a great example in human limitation. We are limited with how much we can realistically get on with one another even in the same country.So humans simply have to accept that every deal, every bond, every union has its limits. Once in you are not in for good, but only until the cost or apparent cost outstrips the benefits.

For Christians we have a somewhat different economy. Once we come to trust Jesus, we never leave the union with him. The cost to God to achieve this was beyond our comprehension. If we were to pay the cost, we would have broken the union five minutes after forming it. More to the point we could not have formed it, even at the outset the cost was beyond us and we could not have done it. Who amongst us has defeated death? Who amongst us has overcome the problem of sin and at this very minute is perfect?

Yet the Bible tells us Christians are held in the love of God by God not by our efforts to remain there. This is why no matter what passport on earth we may ever own, be it a U.K. one, maybe one day a Scottish one, or maybe even another nation’s one, they are all secondary to the heavenly one.

The is why the Christians refused to say Caesar was Lord. They simply said what they knew to be true, Jesus is Lord and worthy of our praise. In a world of chaos he is the calm in the midst of the storm.