“A Place of Transition”
I am always looking for affordable and fun things to do on my day off. This week my wife Deb and I found a place that perfectly fit the bill. We spent the day at the Tuckerton Seaport (exit 58 off the GSP). For less than what is cost to go to the movies we spent the whole day walking around this 40 acre re-creation of a working maritime village on the shores of Tuckerton Creek in Ocean County. It is a very interesting and educational place as we learned about sneak box boats (totally unique to NJ), about the earlier days of the shellfish industry in NJ and about many other interesting things. I highly recommend this seaport for kids of all ages. One other recommendation- make sure you bring some mosquito spray.
One of the words I learned on Wednesday was “estuary”. An estuary is an inlet of the sea where the fresh water of the rivers meet the salt water of the ocean. At the seaport there was a museum dedicated to exploring the estuary of the South Jersey beach area. One of the statements that struck me as interesting was the statement that “an estuary is a place of transition”. The thing that struck me about that statement is I believe New Durham Chapel is an estuary of spiritual transition. I was reflecting on how God has allowed us to minister to different people from all over the world. Some are coming from a totally atheistic frame of reference. It is amazing to see some them experience the life giving power of the living water, the Lord Jesus Christ, here at the “estuary” of NDC.
This week I was invited to dinner with one of those former atheist who encountered the life changing power of the living water at NDC. Barbara came to America probably 5 years ago as a visiting scholar from a communist country where she works as a college professor. In getting involved with our IFAR ministry, Barbara encountered people who reached out to her with Christian love and concern. One time we had Barbara over for dinner and I asked her why she hadn’t yet responded to the claims of Christ. She told me,“It is a very serious decision that has far reaching implications and should not be taken lightly”. A very insightful comment from someone who was counting the cost of following Jesus. Shortly before her return to her home country, God gave me another opportunity to address the deep need of Barbara’s soul for a personal relationship with God through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. This conversation ended with Barbara praying with me to receive the Lord Jesus as her personal Savior. Praise the Lord. What a blessing it was to see how God has continued to work in Barbara’s life over the last 3 years.
In serving as God’s estuary, His place of transition, let’s remember that God has called all of us who claim Jesus as our Savior to be His ambassadors. This is not something that is just the responsibility of pastors or missionaries. We must all seek to apply Paul’s words to our lives where he tells us in the 2nd letter to the Corinthians in the 5th chapter, “Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were entreating through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (v. 20-21, NASB). Many in our world are drinking in the filth and pollution of all that this world has to offer. Let us offer them the living water, the Lord Jesus Christ, who alone can bring about the most transformed life. All praise be unto Him.
All for Christ,
“A Place of Transition”