I've been struck this week by how easy it is to settle for almost. Like Truman Capote said "life is a moderately good play with a badly written third act." Why should life just be 'moderately good'? Why just average? The meaning of life the universe and everything isn't 42. Life is better than that. Coldplay celebrate in their song: “you didn’t get to heaven but you made it close” - what use is close? England got close to qualifying for Euro 2008. Close is nothing. England and Andorra both have the same amount of participation in Euro 2008. Close is nothing.
The J.W.'s who visited us last Sunday presented us with something 'close' to the new creation on their pamphlet. Close, but lacking Jesus at the heart of it. 'Close' is no good at all. 'Close' is absurd. Many idols get close to looking like God but they're a million miles away from our God. Who is like our God? None. Our God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit is incomparable. There is no almost in his story. There is no close in his story. Either we try and get to him ourselves and definitely fail. Or we let him come and bring us into the perfect love of the Trinity forever, with absolute certainty - to enjoy being found in Jesus, loved as he is loved, for eternity in his very real new creation.