Posts Tagged ‘Eternity


So Much To Do

We know that Heaven is a wonderful place. No more mourning, crying or pain of any kind is what we are promised. Followers of Jesus will be with Him for eternity. The apostle Paul wanted to be with Jesus, but knew that God had work for him to do here on Earth. He wrote:

If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body. – Philippians 1:22-24 (NIV)

While our hearts long for our eternal home in Heaven, we must remember that there is still so much to do here on earth. Those who don’t know Jesus yet need to hear the good news that He loves them. They need to know that God is for us and not against us. They need to experience the goodness and grace of God. It is up to those of us who follow Jesus to tell them so that they might believe and find the hope that we have found.

For Whom Are You Working?

Good Monday morning to you! For whom are you working? There are many answers to that question. You could be working for a boss or a company. You could be working for a paycheck or yourself. You could be working for your family to be a good provider. What if there is a greater purpose for your work? The Apostle Paul wrote:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. –  Colossians 3:23-24 (NIV)

We are working for Jesus and not for just a paycheck or a benefits package. We work for the Lord and the reward He has promised when we work at it with all of our heart. So do your best today as though everything you do at work matters for eternity. That’s because it does.

Jesus IS Life

Good Thursday morning to you! In Colossians 3:3, Paul said that our lives are hidden with Christ. He goes on to say in verse 4 that Jesus IS our very life. He says:

When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. – Colossians 3:4 (NIV)

Jesus said in the Gospel of John that He is the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:25). John 1:4 (NIV) says,

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

Jesus rose from the dead on the third day, just as He said He would, and He lives forevermore. Those who put their trust in Him for salvation receive life from Him and will live with Him eternally. John 20:31 says that we have life in His name when we trust in Him. Jesus said that He came to give abundant life to His followers (John 10:10). If you feel like you’re living a half-life or that you have no life, then you need to trust Jesus because He IS life. He can give you life like no one else. A life filled with meaning and purpose. A life filled with joy that lasts even in hard times. A life that is filled with hope because it is a life that will never end. Jesus IS life and if you don’t know Jesus, you don’t know how good life can really be.



Not On Earthly Things

In verse 2 of Colossians 3, Paul reiterates his encouragement of verse 1. He says:

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. – Colossians 3:2 (NIV)

It’s SO easy to get caught up in the worries and stresses of this world. It’s SO easy to get caught up in the trappings of this world. It’s SO hard to focus on heavenly things instead of earthly things. We must remember that the stuff down here is only temporary, while the stuff of Heaven is eternal. Your financial struggles are only temporary. Your illness is only temporary. Your struggles with mental illness are only temporary. Your car issues, house issues or job issues are only temporary. Your relationship with Jesus is eternal. Remember that today as earthly issues try to crowd out your eternal joy. This life is but a pit stop on the way to Heaven. Keep your mind set on the things of Heaven because that’s where your hope is and where you’re headed.

Heaven Forever

Good Friday morning to you! The twenty-third psalm ends on such a hopeful note. David concludes with,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. – Psalm 23:6b (ESV)

This is something to get excited about! We are going to live in Heaven forever. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus, He gives us the promise of eternal life with God. God’s goodness and faithful love are ours throughout our time on earth and we get to enjoy being in His presence forever in Heaven. The Bible tells us that Heaven is a place where there is no weeping or mourning or pain. Imagine never hurting again in any way. No more illness or disease and that includes mental illness and depression. No more cancer. No more knee or back pain. No more migraines or fibromyalgia. No more heartache or emotional pain. No more addictions or struggles with sin. There will be no more death. We will truly be free to enjoy the presence of Jesus forever. Amen.

Heaven IS For Real

Micah 4:1-5 (NIV)

In the last days

the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established
    as the highest of the mountains;
it will be exalted above the hills,
    and peoples will stream to it.

Many nations will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the temple of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways,
    so that we may walk in his paths.”
The law will go out from Zion,
    the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He will judge between many peoples
    and will settle disputes for strong nations far and wide.
They will beat their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not take up sword against nation,
    nor will they train for war anymore.
Everyone will sit under their own vine
    and under their own fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid,
    for the Lord Almighty has spoken.
All the nations may walk
    in the name of their gods,
but we will walk in the name of the Lord
    our God for ever and ever.

Imagine a seemingly endless stream of people coming to worship Jesus Christ as the Lord of the universe.  When the end of time comes, this is what Micah says will happen.  The heavenly Jerusalem will be the center of worship for our Savior.  In Micah’s day, people would follow the Euphrates River to worship pagan gods in Babylon.  Micah prophesies of the day when God’s people will pour into the heavenly Mount Zion to exalt the Lord.
We don’t think about or talk about Heaven enough in our world.  We get so busy living one day to the next that we sometimes forget that this life isn’t all there is.  There’s more to come!  We will spend eternity in God’s presence.  We will walk and talk with God for eons.  We will see Jesus face to face and spend trillions of years with Him.  Heaven will never end.  I don’t know what we’ll be doing for sure, but I know that it will be worth the sacrifices made in this life.  When Jesus returns to take us home, the pain of this life will be forgotten.  The tears shed in this world will be wiped away.  Illnesses – physical and mental – will be healed.  The troubles of these days will be no more.  Persecution will be avenged by the Lord God.  All that is left will truly be Heaven.  And we’ll be there forever…
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I want to spend eternity with You.  I want to live forever with You.  Thank You for saving me by the gift of Your love and grace.  Amen.

Doing Good To All People

Galatians 6:7-10 (NIV)
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction;whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
What we do here on earth matters for eternity.  We will all be judged for everything we’ve done here on earth.  ​While this may be a reason for fear for many, it does not have to be terrifying.  Paul tells the Galatians that if they live their lives to please the flesh they “will reap destruction,” but if they live their lives to please God they “will reap eternal life” from God’s Spirit (vs. 8, NIV).  So how do we do that?  We should “do good to all people” (vs 10, NIV).  This is done individually and corporately.  This is done for those outside the church and for “those who belong to the family of believers” (vs. 10, NIV).
As individuals, we evidence the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) as we deal with people outside the family of faith and with those who are a part of it.  The evidence of the Spirit’s control in our lives are when we become more loving, joyful, peacemaking, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled.  This fruit manifests itself as we deal with other people both inside and outside the church.
As churches, we are called to do good to all people as well.  God loves the world and we, as the church of Jesus Christ, must reflect His love and light to this dark world.  We need to pray for those who persecute us.  We need to do good to all people.  We point too many fingers and preach judgment and Hell-fire without balancing it with grace and love.  Do we need to make people aware of the judgment to come?  Absolutely.  Do we need to warn people about the reality of Hell?  Absolutely.  Do we need to love people into the Kingdom and balance grace with truth?  Absolutely.  That’s what Jesus did.  When we do good to all people, we do so because we love all people just as God loves all people.  So when Jesus comes back to take us all home, He will recognize us as His people because we look just like Him.
Prayer: Father God, fill me with Your love today that I might see opportunities to do good to all people.  Help me to love first, love often and love well.  Thank You for Your love and grace…

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