Deadlines cry out for attention. Mortgages need to be paid. Medical bills. They all demand attention.
And sometimes God gets left on the sidelines.
I'm not saying riches are wrong. l Timothy 6:10a warns, "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evils." Emphasis mine. Let's not take scripture out of context. It's our focus that matters.
If our focus is climbing the ladder of success and God's not in it, our vision will blur and we'll be in danger of going astray. We may forget His true calling on our lives. We may forget to look to Him to meet our needs until we're forced to by job loss.
It's going to start happening more frequently. That fiscal cliff looms large. I don't care what political compromises are made, we're in deep do do. In fact, compromise in part, is the problem.
Jesus never compromised. He held true to His calling and convictions in spite of opposition … to death.
Look up. That's where our hope lies friends. One day we'll meet our Lord and Savior in the air, and everything we hold dear here on earth will be left behind, including that wedding ring on the finger of those who are married. Because in truth we are the bride of Christ.
He is preparing a place for us in heaven that outshines our most treasured possessions. Whatever loss we suffer here won't matter one whit in eternity, and we'll wonder why we held so tightly to all the stuff.
So if you're a lover of nature, color, and things that sparkle, guess what? …Heaven is filled with bling! I used to wonder why God would clothe us in simple white linen robes, and only recently did I come to understand--He is so ingenious.
Imagine gemstone walls reflecting His glorious light all over the kingdom of heaven! Our pure white robes will illuminate with color. Hallelujah! Praise His holy name.
It'll be unlike any rainbow we've ever seen or imagined.
After reading HEAVEN IS FOR REAL by Todd Burpo, and his son's description of Jesus colorful rainbow horse, I wondered about that. Scripture tells us that Jesus will return on a white horse. But in a little boy's mind, it was colored with the rainbow. It makes perfect sense, doesn't it.
Even Jesus horse reflects God's glory!
He is preparing a place that will outshine earth's grandeur, and despite the enemies plans to destroy us, Jesus Christ is the victor. He died on the cross for our sins and took the keys of death and hell. Satan's dominion will soon end. Jesus is coming soon. Amen!
May we see Him high and lifted up as we enter 2013, and continue to prepare for His coming. This age is soon passing away, My Friends, and we'll be leaving all that stains, tarnishes, rots and burns, all that brings us pleasure here, for something truly grand, beyond our wildest imagination. Best of all, we'll see Jesus face to face.
"Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." Rev. 22:12-13
Lord, help us prepare for your coming. Strengthen our faith in these difficult days ahead, and lead those who don't yet know You to yourself, that they may share in your inheritance. In Jesus name, amen.
Love & Blessings in the New Year!