Faith or Fantasy

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Space Shuttle Endeavour Photo Credit: Jae C. Hong / AP

Endeavour leaves Houston for new home in Calif.

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press – 7 minutes ago

HOUSTON (AP) — Space shuttle Endeavour has departed Houston on its trek west to retirement in a Los Angeles museum.

Endeavour, atop a modified jumbo jet, left Thursday morning after a one-day stop at the home of NASA’s Mission Control.

The retired shuttle took off Wednesday from its old home in Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It continues its journey to Los Angeles International Airport, where it’s scheduled to land Friday. In mid-October, Endeavour will be transported down city streets to the California Science Center.

This is the last flight for a space shuttle.

Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

The word endeavor in part means to “to try to reach or achieve something, to exert”. That would make the name Endeavour a fitting title for a space craft. This retired spacecraft no longer has to strive to reach or achieve something. As mentioned in the article, this is the last flight for the space shuttle. This retired spacecraft, however, is not flying; it is riding or being carried to its new home in California. It is leaving its old and familiar home in Florida to go to a place that it has never visited. Surely as it goes down the city streets there will be many on lookers that greet this new arrival with cheers and applause for a job well done. One day we will all leave this home called earth and go to a new home that we have never visited before. Where will your new home be?

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (NKJV)

The first part of Hebrews 11:1 teaches us that faith is future focused and based upon substance that we hope for. Faith is not past or present focused but what lies ahead. The book of Hebrews gives a long list of heroes in the Old Testament that lived according to faith and what would happen in the future. Their hope was not based upon their past works and accomplishments. Their hope was not based upon empirical data and scientific research. The second part of this verse teaches that faith is evidenced in things unseen. These heroes of faith had not seen the fruition of God’s promises through the gift of His Son. They had not read the goods news of the New Testament but they walked out their endeavors through faith in what was yet to come. When the time came to ship the Endeavor from Florida to California, the engineers at NASA did not act out of faith that the trip would be successful. They made their decision to strap a multi-ton shuttle to the top of a 747 through sound and proven engineering principles. When we leave our current home and body, there are no engineering principles to follow that will permit us a safe journey to our next and eternal home. That venture is truly a journey of faith.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (NKJV)

One of the most controversial statements ever made in the history of mankind was uttered by Jesus in John 14:6. During Jesus earthly walk, there were 3 responses to this statement. People were drawn toward him, they went away sad or they killed him. I believe today we also see a fourth response. They try to go around or bypass it through the use of fantasy and not faith. Jesus said very clearly that he was the only way or transportation to your eternal home with His Father. Every other attempt is pure fantasy. Most fantasies are based upon an individual’s ability to make something through their own works or actions. When you were a child you believed that if you were good enough then you would get something really great for Christmas from a rotund elf in a red suit. That was fantasy. Some of you reading this still believe in the fantasy of works based righteousness. “If all my good works out weigh my bad works then I will get a ticket to heaven.” That’s fantasy. Jesus words are still controversial today. It is by faith in his works and words that we get taken to a wonderful home that we have never been to before. It is a home where a great crowd of witnesses will greet us and where the Father will embrace us. What are you banking on for your transportation? Will it be a works based fantasy or a saving faith that knows He is the way, the truth and the life?

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About David Jones

David is a Memphis native and lives with his wife of 25 years and two children. David has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Memphis. He has worked in mental health for over 30 years with adolescents and adults in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings. For the past 15 years David’s primary focus has been working with men and their spouses in intensive sexual addiction workshops.

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