walk in the word
14And it shall be said, “Build up, build up, prepare the way, remove every obstruction from my people’s way.” 15For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite.” —Isaiah 57:14-15
In November of 1932 in Australia, Arthur Stace attended a church service. Good decision. That day he heard a sermon by a man named John Ridley who spoke on the subject of eternity. It totally changed Arthur Stace’s life. In fact, this is what he said years later, “What a remarkable, uplifted, glorious word Ridley spoke in his sermon: ‘It is essential that all preachers should remind their congregation, time and again, that they are travelers to eternity.’” You’re on your way somewhere, brother. You’re on your way somewhere, sister. And God made you to long for that place that you’re headed for.
Stace was so moved by Ridley’s words that he decided to write the word Eternity in chalk on the streets of Sydney and beyond, and he did so for the rest of his life. Every morning Arthur Stace would get up and have a cup of tea, a little bit of time in the Word, and then he’d go out onto the streets of Sydney with a piece of chalk. Eternity began to appear all over town. People would wake up in the morning and they’d walk down the street and there in chalk would be the word, Eternity. And it was so arresting to people that they felt strangely encouraged if they saw the words scrawled on sidewalks and buildings.
Until 1956, people did not know who was doing the writing. But they finally found him. You can still go to the bell tower of a government building in Sydney, and up inside one of the bells you can see the word that Arthur Stace wrote there—Eternity. He, of course, passed away. His gravestone reads: “Arthur Malcom Stace—Mr. Eternity.”
What a great ministry. He wrote the word over 500,000 times. He arrested people’s attention to the reality that as we think about our life and our mission and why we, our families, and our neighbors are here. This is what you can be confidently assured of: That the eternal God who made each of you has given you a longing for Him and a sense of eternity that can only be satisfied in a genuine, personal relationship with Him.
Prayer: Almighty Father, whether it’s a task that takes a lifetime or a task that is repeated for a lifetime, let my life be a pointer to You. Teach me to trust You to do the big things if I’m faithful in the little things You let me do. Thank You not only for the reality of eternity, but the living hope that I will experience it in Your presence. Thank You that Jesus Christ took care of everything that would have disqualified me from eternity with You. In Jesus’ wonderful name I pray, Amen.
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