The picture to my right is a view from my office looking toward Arapahoe Road. How appropriate since the church I pastor bears the name (Arapahoe Road Baptist Church). As I look out this window, I see a number of things:
- A parking lot: On Sunday these spaces will be mostly filled. Christians, seekers, skeptics from all backgrounds, ethnicities, and spiritual journeys will come. This fuels my prayer and fires up my study in the Word—they are hungry for the Word (whether they know it or not) and need to be nourished on the Bread of Life. Some will come out of hunger, some out of habit, some out of heartbreak, all out of hope! May the Spirit show up and bring all of us who are far from God near through Christ.
- Arapahoe Road: Many travellers drive on this major thoroughfare of Centennial. Where have they been? Where are they going? From work to home? From store 1 to store 2? Are they going to pick up their children? Whatever their earthly journey, without Christ, they are destined for judgment and hell because their sin is still held against them. Christ came to put His righteousness to their account by taking their sin. We do not know where they are going in an earthly sense—but pray that God would put someone in their path to send them on the right path for eternity’s sake.
- Residences: Within a mile radius of our church is 13,000 people—85-90% of whom do not know Christ nor go to a church. As John Knox aptly replied: “Give us this or we die!” We are at 780 E. Arapahoe Road in Centennial, CO for a reason. God, help us to pour into their lives the love and hope of Christ in a dark and dying world.
- The sky: This is not the end and this is not all. Past the atmosphere (the first heaven) and outer space (the second heaven) is the abode of God—HEAVEN (the third heaven—see 2 Corinthians 12). Christ will return for His church. Are we ready? Are we getting others ready—desperately telling them the Good News of Christ? As we see this clear sky, may we also see the clear mandate to GO (Matthew 28:18-20).
Look out your window!
What do you see?