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Isn’t it Odd

Isn’t it odd to think of all the generations before us – how they have looked forward to the end of this present age and thought how glorious to be alive in that time – and wished for themselves so great an honor as to live for Christ in the final hours. And isn’t it even odder still when you realize: that was us they were wishing they could be – and this is the time they were looking forward to.

People, we have the best position in the house for viewing the final act of Jesus Christ’s redemptive work on the earth! And what good fortune we have to more than just spectate this spectacular time, but to actually be active participants in it. Able to do and show the will and character of Christ to this world that’s ending right before our eyes.

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. (Philippians 3:20)

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore, encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18)

And while they are exciting times to think about – they can be very difficult (and scary) to live through. There are so many forces pulling us in so many directions – it makes it hard to know what is the right way for us to go. I take great comfort in knowing that God knows me. He knows my strengths and weaknesses, and He’s already made a perfect Way for me to follow after Him. A Way that can work – even for a fool like me.

And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it. It shall belong to those who walk on the way; [and] even if they are fools, they shall not go astray. (Isaiah 35:8)

So I try to be courageous. Block out the competing forces, concentrate on the voice of God, and live out the calling to be loving in all circumstances. It’s simple enough, especially when you understand that love flows out of God and then through us. It’s nothing I can manufacture – I can only aspire to be a willing conduit. Simple – yes. Worth it – yes. Easy – no. And that’s why we need to come together. I need your support and encouragement to keep me going on the Way. I can’t do it without you – you are the Body of Christ. And you can’t do it without me – because I am the Body of Christ also. We need each other to rise to the Call of these glorious but tumultuous times.

And remembering that those who came before us and longed to be in our shoes are the same that are now cheering us on from Heaven, let us consider the difficulties of our present hard times nothing but an opportunity to show off the great power and love of Jesus Christ. A power that is awake in our lives – forming and shaping us and reaching out through us to bring light and love to the lost creatures dying for hope and truth all around us.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)

Now is a great time to pray.

You are in my heart.
Steve

Comments(2)

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    carolyn keefer says

    What a wonderful, powerful message! Thank you so much for the encouragement to capture this time and join together and encourage each other, in Christ, each and every day!

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    Charlie Branch says

    “More than just spectate, be an active participant…” Great words, Steve, and as a child of God (or Mom told me after I retired from my Alaska PFT job and moved south, “You’ll always be a kid!”), I will always sit at the “Kids Table”…

    Have a happy Ash Wednesday! This was a big morning at St. Thomas, and several parishioners noticed me helping people cross the street (9th & Indiana), and asked if I was there to help them. Of course I am! Friday will be busy, since I’m singing in the teacher & staff choir (one of three male voices) in the Sorensen Soiree fundraiser at the Resort. There is so much joy expressed every morning as kids arrive at school, participating in life. Keep a child’s heart while developing an adult (Would trained or experienced be a better word?) mind.

    Thanksgiving every day,

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