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Hoping for Eternity and Living In Today

Hoping for Eternity and Living In Today

Rev. Crystal February 8, 2014 0 comments
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Hoping for Eternity and Living in Today
By Rev. Crystal Schmalz

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There are times when my spirit and soul long for eternity. I am always trying to grab parts of eternity, and bring them into the now. When I see people who are hurting and suffering, I pray for God to bring the healing which has been promised in eternity into the now. When I see injustices around me, I am praying for the freedom and liberty which has been promised in eternity. I am always hoping for the future, and for the home we will one day call heaven. The early church had this same type of mentality. The early church was always thinking about the coming of the Lord. When Jesus died and his physical body left the people, there was mourning and grief. Part of this mourning and grief led the people to have a hope in their heart for eternity. We long for the missing piece of our existence.
Sometimes, in today’s world, I wonder where this hope has gone. Parts of our hope are missing. There is an “either-or” kind of hope. It either has to be this way, or that way. There is a pick one or the other method to which we live life. But, the early church had a more collective method for living life. The early church decided to live in the now with the expectancy for what was to come. I guess this is the way I want to live my life. I want to live in the now, but always be reaching for eternity.

Part of reaching for eternity in my calling and purpose is reaching for the dreams of women in leadership. One day in heaven, total reconciliation will occur, and both women and men will serve in leadership in the heavenly realms. I’m excited for this day, because the shadow of sin will be gone. Selfishness, insecurity, and spiritual abuse will not exist in heaven. The heirs of God, both women and men will sit with Jesus as disciples and children. It will be a joyous and incredible sacred and holy place. But, we live in today. We live in the now. What about the injustices which live with us today, and are a part of our reality for now? We live with them, but are not bound by them. We are bound by the reality of heaven. Part of perfection is striving for eternity. We must strive for reconciliation. We must strive for equality and justice. It is our responsibility and privilege to have the opportunity to have both women and men hold leadership positions here on earth. We can practice for eternity in the now. We can have reconciliation. It may not be the truest and most complete reconciliation, but we can still strive for it with all that is within us. This is our calling, to be disciples. We are called to mature in Jesus Christ, and in the Kingdom. A movement and organization which is reaching toward heaven is reaching for both women and men to serve in the kingdom. One gender does not reign over another or dominate over another, but both work together for the glory of God. Both women and men fill the offices of the church, because this is the way God has chosen for it to be in eternity. Paul says it nicely in Galatians 3:25-29, “But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slavenor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. (ESV)”
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.

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