Last week a 19 yr. old relative of my sister-in-law took his own life. Last week a friend unexpectedly lost her Mom. A friends Mom had a heart attack last night. As these tragic events happen they prompt us to take a step back and reflect, to "take inventory of our own lives" because the reality is, a tragedy could happen to any of us at any time. While talking with family and friends about these events, I am comforted and encouraged by some important truths.
First, although we may think we are in control, we are not. It is only God who knows the story of our lives. Life is fragile. Our lives on earth are but a moment compared to the time we will spend in Heaven. God blessed me with this body which is a temple of the Holy Spirit and I should be honoring God with it (1 Cor 6:19-20). Whatever fills me, controls me (Matt 6: 21). Am I investing my time, money, energy, love, and thoughts in things of eternal value or of earthly value? What is most important to me?
Second, I must be ready. Ready for eternity with Christ Jesus. For when my own life ends, or Jesus returns for us, I want to be ready. I must be sure of where I am going. I want my children and others I love to be sure of their place in Heaven too. Have you ever noticed what people ask after someone has died: "Were they saved or did they know the Lord?" Well, unfortunately, that is too late to be asking. For many of us sharing the gospel with loved ones can be challenging because emotions and relationships are at stake. But if God is not stretching me, and if it is not a little bit uncomfortable, then is He working in me and I am doing all that I can? Do I pray daily for God to put people and opportunities in my path for me to witness to? Do I pray for courage to step out and seize those opportunities? Am I reflecting Christ in my life for others to see?
Thankfully we can be sure of our place in Heaven. Because of my belief and acceptance of Jesus' free gift of salvation (John 3:16), I know I will be in heaven! I have a seal guaranteeing my inheritance (2 Cor 1:22 & Eph 1:13-14) and my name is written in the Lambs' Book of Life (Rev 13:8). What peace that provides, for me and my brothers and sisters in Christ! Be sure of where you are going...life is fragile, we want to be ready.
Phillipians 3:20-21 - But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
Hi, I'm Kristin. I am a Wife, busy Mom, Friend, Volunteer, Daughter, and Sibling that is striving daily to keep Christ at the center of it all. I fall short each day, but by the grace of God I always have new opportunities to grow and strengthen my relationship with Him. This was my latest opportunity!
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