Archive for February, 2012
In a hard world of sickness, evil, disaster, and pain… two things I know. My Redeemer lives. And when all is said and done, he will stand on the earth. I want to live with him, and stand with him.
There are times for action. There are times for being silent. There are times when we are called to rise up and do our part. And there are times when we must let the Lord fight our battles. Spiritual maturity is knowing how to tell the difference.
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15)
The kingdoms of this world rise and fall. The day is coming when they will be no more. But the kingdom of God — our kingdom — will last for ever and ever. So glad my citizenship is in the kingdom that will never end.
2012 is Leap Year so we have an extra day this year. My calendar has February 29 on it and that is a day that was not on my last three calendars. Nor will it be on my next three. I have read that we really do not have any extra time during the year, since every year has one-fourth of a day that does not show up on paper until Leap Year. So I guess I do not actually have an extra day this year. In some ways that is very disappointing. I was looking forward to the fun things I could do with an extra day off. Surely no one would have to work, not even on chores at home. Maybe it would be a designated party day, or national goof-off day.
Or maybe I should do something productive. How about a day to help the poor and needy in my community? Maybe it should be a world Armistice Day with no fighting allowed. But evidently there really is not any extra time. Of course, some people are saying it does not matter anyway since the world is apparently going to end this year. The Mayans made a calendar a long time ago that runs out of days this year. I need to know if that is right. After all, if this world is about to end there may be some things I would do differently. Be nicer. Or maybe be meaner.
It is very confusing. What do I do with my time? And how much time exactly do I have? What would you do if you knew exactly how much time you had left?
The truth is that I do not worry about how much time I have, or what to do with it. Those questions were answered for me when I became a Christian. My purpose in life is to use my time to glorify God by doing the good works God has planned for me. My life matters. I have a reason to get up and a reason for my life. I will spend whatever time I have in this life doing that.
So how long will I have to do it? I don’t know and I really don’t care. Either Jesus will come back to this world and take me to live with God forever, or I will die and go live with God forever. So how much time do I have? Forever. Some of it here, and the rest of it with God in heaven. And that is very liberating in terms of how I live my life.
I believe God has planned work for you to do also. He has a purpose for you time and for your life.
The Creator of the Universe wants to be in a relationship with us! He doesn’t want to live in some temple somewhere. He wants to walk among us. He wants more than just religion; He wants a close, loving relationship.
God does not want to share your heart. He is God. Do not let any other gods take root in your heart, or in your life. Your God relationship is an exclusive relationship.
“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!” (1 Chronicles 16:34)
There’s no expiration date on God’s love. There’s no time limit, no “redeem before” date on our salvation. God’s love endures forever!
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (I Corinthians 1:18)
The message of the cross — that Jesus died for our sins — seems foolish to those who do not believe. We do. And we are saved by the power of God.
“For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself.” (1 Samuel 12:22)
God has chosen us. He’s called us. He’s made us His people. And He will never forsake us.
For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son — both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die. (Ezekiel 18: 4)
Each of us is responsible for our sin and bears the guilt of our rebellion against God. The punishment for that sin is death. And I cannot fix it. None of us can. We are condemned to death because of our sin. Only someone not under the sentence of death could pay for my sin. Someone without sin of his own.