TAKE HOLD OF ETERNITY
What an exciting time to be alive! Signs of the times are all around us. Romans 8:19-22 discusses that “all of creation is groaning as in labor pains…for the revealing of the sons of God.” Every day we see reports of the earth breaking down under the weight of the sin of each generation. It’s obvious that JESUS IS COMING SOON! But until we get to heaven, because the enemy knows his time is short, he is attacking on every front: family, marriage, the next generation, our nation, the economy, etc. We should not think it strange when we encounter various trials. Always remember, this is a FIGHT OF FAITH.
In First John 5:4, we learn that our faith is THE key to living a victorious life on this planet: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And THIS is the victory that has overcome the world—our FAITH.” So we are instructed in I Timothy 6:12 to “FIGHT the good fight of faith. We are also told to TAKE HOLD of the ETERNAL LIFE to which you were called.” To fight the good fight of faith we must refuse to quit when it gets hard. This means we understand that we are fighting for an ETERNAL REWARD!
In Philippians 3:14 Paul said, “I PRESS on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] PRIZE of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Please understand that everyone does NOT receive the same reward when they get to heaven. Jesus made it clear in the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 that we would be rewarded for ALL ETERNITY according to our obedience here in the earth to HIS CALL. No matter what challenge you maybe facing today, ”…Do not become discouraged...For our momentary, light distress [this passing trouble] is producing for us an ETERNAL WEIGHT OF GLORY beyond all measure!” (II COR 4:16-17) WooHoo!! I can’t help but shout here!! We are investing every day for an ETERNAL reward that will be beyond anything we have ever known!
Jesus clarifies again in Matthew 7:21-23 the importance of OBEDIENCE to His Word and how it will affect our future: “Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER Who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly, I never knew you; depart from Me, you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].”
This is one of the scariest passages in the Bible to me! Jesus told those who were prophesying and doing mighty works in His name to depart from Him. These are people who went to church a lot! But they were focused on building their own kingdom. They did not take the time to seek Him FIRST in order to KNOW HIM, trust Him and obey Him! Christi and I have made it our determined purpose to KNOW Him BETTER! (Phil. 3:10) We should never place our plan before His purpose!!
It’s TIME TO CHOOSE! As you sow your precious seed this month, be encouraged that you are choosing to obey His will in giving financially to bless His kingdom. As you give, I encourage you to say this with me, “Lord please show me, What’s important? What’s not important? I want every day to count. I don’t want to waste any time here in the earth. I choose to fight the good fight of faith knowing that I am laying hold of eternity! As I give, I know there is eternal reward in store for me!” We truly value and appreciate your partnership in the Gospel.
Laying Hold of Eternity with you,
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