The “In Betweens” of Life
“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalms 119:105
At Trinity Grace, you will often hear the phrase “We are all journeying in between.”
In between what?
We journey through life in between the dream of who we want to be and the broken reality of the person we see in the mirror every morning. In between our personal culture and the beautiful but often messy diversity of our city and world. And in between times–life, death, and eternity.
To put it another way, the rubber of the gospel seeks to hit the road of real life. The gospel navigates us through our personal ups and downs. The gospel navigates us through the everyday situations of home, work, and play. And the gospel navigates us through the grand question of the meaning of life.
If we are to be successful people in life, we must excel at the “in betweens.” The gospel navigates us through the “in betweens” with an unparalleled wisdom.
As we find ourselves in between our hopes and our brokenness, the gospel tells us who we truly are in Christ. The gospels declares that we are unconditionally loved by grace through faith in Christ, even as we wrestle with our weaknesses and sin. The gospel prevents us from being prideful on one hand or self-defeating on the other.
As we find ourselves in between our personal culture–ethnically and morally–and the diversity of the world, the gospel inspires us to love people entirely different from us. The gospel reminds us that Christ humbled himself to become like us to reach us. Grace prevents us from being culturally isolated or culturally over asserting.
As we find ourselves in between times, the gospel reminds us that we are citizens of heaven (Kingdom culture) yet in this world (secular culture). The gospel calls us to “in between” task of engaging broader culture winsomely with the gospel. Grace prevents us from becoming spiritually bigoted or spiritually inert.
Having a gladness that the world knows not of is crucial to facing life’s suffering and successes. In our dark valleys, Jesus’ gospel of grace lends a hope that does not disappoint, unlike the fleeting pleasures, possessions, positions, and people of this world. At the mountaintops of life, the gospel of grace reminds us that Jesus is our greatest and truest treasure, preventing us from falling to the lures and seductions of this world.
So join us as we follow Jesus and have his gospel navigate us through the “in betweens” on this pilgrimmage called life.