Posts Tagged ‘Eternity’

  

“For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives.” (Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭10‬ NLT)

On February 26, 2015, Myriah Pointer of Atlanta, GA, sat down one evening with friends to hang out. What she didn’t know was that a friend’s hamburger was underneath her. That woman became enraged at Strickland, and what ensued was a 2-hour videotaped beatdown of Strickland by her 3 “friends”, resulting in facial fractures and broken teeth. All 3 women were arrested and all because of a flattened Burger King Whopper Junior. 

It’s easy for anyone to lose sight of what really matters. Whether at the job, at home, in hobbies, or even in church, spirit-filled believers can so focus on the immediate and temporary that we forget the needful and eternal things. A flap over a hamburger is just as silly as a church split over carpet color or a divorce over bathroom counter clutter!

Let what is important to God be important to you: seeing souls saved, being filled with the Holy Spirit, hungering for His presence, and aiming for Eternity. The temptation to focus on trivial or downright stupid stuff will always be around. Let God help you to instead focus on what really matters! You are loved today! 

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And you yourselves be like men who wait for their master…” (Luke‬ ‭12‬:‭36‬ NKJV)

Growing up in an Army town, you never knew exactly when deployed soldiers were coming home. Women in our church were vigilant to keep the house cleaned, there hair fixed, and the diaper bag packed, because at any moment, the phone might ring and be told that the plane was coming in! For military families, you can’t get ready; you have to live ready.

We have a promise from our Savior: One day He is returning for us. It might be the whole church body or you alone through a life circumstance. Regardless, when it’s our time to leave this world and face eternity, there won’t be a chance to “get ready”. Spiritual vigilance, much like the military, means that we must live ready, anticipating our Lord’s call to come home!

Always remember that we are not earthly beings having spiritual experiences in this life; we are spiritual people having an earthly experience until our home is built! Live ready to serve in this life, and ready to go for the one to come. It could be today! You are loved!

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On the day of Christ’s return, I will be proud that I did not run the race in vain and that my work was not useless.” (Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭16‬ NLT)

King Philip III of France died of fever in 1285 while returning home from a failed invasion into the Pyrenees at the ripe old age of 45. His fifteen-year reign was arguably bland and not much is documented at all regarding his spiritual life. But as he lay dying on his homeward bound ship, the last words from one of Europe’s mightiest kings are reported to be, “What an account I shall have to give to God! How I should like to live otherwise than I have lived.” Sad words from a mighty man.

The truth of our life is that we only have one chance at it. We can whine and moan about how unfair or tough things have been for us, or we can rise above it and find meaning, value, and worth in the toils we face. By living God’s way, we are poised to live a very meaningful, fulfilling life with fewer regrets because we did not squander it with selfishness or bitterness. By touching the lives of others, we ourselves are enriched!

In contrast to Philip, as the great patriot Patrick Henry lay dying, the man who once said, “Give me liberty or give me death!”, his last words were quite different. Having given everything for God and Country, he is reported to have said, “Doctor, I wish you to observe how real and beneficial the religion of Christ is to a man who is about to die…” Live now so that dying then will bring no fear for you! Build your house in Heaven by your vigilance here on Earth! You are loved!

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Jesus replied, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.'” (John‬ ‭3‬:‭3‬ NLT)

In 1985, art professor Howard Storm collapsed during a visit to Europe. As he lay in the hospital, he found himself slipping away from his body and into pure horror as he arrived in Hell. The tale ends with Storm realizing he was being lied to and making peace with God. But nothing can remove the memory of living in a world where no good can exist and only eternal torment awaits.

To be “born again” means something has to die first. As in the professor’s life, only when he found death and damnation did he realize his need for God’s salvation and life. He was fortunate. To live for God means to die to selfish living and desires; that my life belongs to God from this moment on, until I enter my own eternity.

Do not fear what you have to give up to gain the Christ Life. For every sacrifice, God replaces it with what we truly need, which is even better! Is there any reason you cannot receive a better eternity today? If not, then contact me and let me have the privilege of making it permanent! Or call on the Lord himself, who stands by ready to lead you to true life! You are loved today!

We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.” (Romans 8:23 NLT)

Forty-four years ago yesterday, on April 7, 1970, John Wayne won his only Academy Award for his role as Rooster Cogburn in the movie, True Grit. Tears rolled out of the eyes in an uncharacteristic fashion for such a manly man as he accepted the award. For an actor that drew people to the box office, he was often criticized as a B-grade actor, one whose skills didn’t match his success. By getting this award so late in life, after many disappointing chances, he could finally feel legitimized by his peers.

We all have longings in this life, things we wish to see or experience. But our greatest longing shouldn’t be fame, fortune, or family, but for the real life that follows this one. There is a very real Heaven and Hell that will be found by everyone, the destination to be decided by the lordship we did or did not give to Jesus. Regardless of the whims of our beliefs, Eternity is for real!

So live with the expectation of hearing God say “Welcome Home!” Let your greatest longing not be for what we gain here, but for what we stand to gain soon! Look forward to Heaven’s reward! You are loved by God for Eternity!

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