“Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
I Corinthians 15:50-52 NKJV
There is coming a day when I will be renewed. That is a great promise. Mortality has its own progress in the life of a human being. We are born, we grow, and at some point we begin to feel our bodies given over to entropy as all things wear down over time. For some, this is a slow process, especially for those who have taken care of themselves. For people like me, well, the process is a bit more accelerated. There are days when I think I am heading into a wall at breakneck speed. Disease, bad habits and way too many calories have hastened the process and given me trials.
I live my days on the blessed hope, that time when I will transitioned in a blink of an eye. I awaken with a great sense of expectation. I also take stock of the fact that I must redeem my time efficiently and intentionally, as I may go at anytime. It might be via the upper-taker, or processed by the undertaker, but change is going to come.
Having the knowledge that eternity awaits, spurs me onto good works. I needn’t worry about those things that come after. I am driven to share the message of the Gospel to as many people as I can. I want as many people to go to Heaven as possible. Hell is real, and I want no one to face and eternity of torment.
We believers look forward to what we call the rapture. It is the promise that brings peace when things around us appear to be falling apart. It is not just for the future, it is also for the here and now. In the rapture we will be changed. In truth, it will be the outward reflection of the internal change that has already taken place. When I came to Christ, my heart was transformed. I was no longer grounded to the earthly reality, as my vision changed to the eternal. My place was established in Heaven.
Though my body resides here on earth, I no longer belong here. I have become a sojourner, one passing through on mission from the Lord. I have been changed. My future is above and beyond this present world.
Brothers and sisters, recognize that you have been changed. You are no longer trusting in grounded, temporal things, your hope is in the Lord. With that understanding, go about the Father’s business, and tell others of the Gospel. For those of us who call upon the name of the Lord, these are exciting days.
Do not be troubled by all the things that are happening in our country and the world. Be reminded that all these things must come to pass. Take the time to seek the One to whom we belong. I have great peace as I anticipate my daily time with Jesus. It is like a shelter in the storm.
Remember, Christians, greater things are coming for we believers, as we await that glorious appearing. There will be great struggle in the months and years to come. Persecution will visit the church house door, and the preaching of the word of God may bring anger and hatred. Redeem the relatively peaceful times that we have now and prepare. Hide the word of God in your heart. May it become like candy, or sweet delights that you crave.
Pray, pray, pray! As you pray and read His word, God will strengthen you and give you the endurance you need. We all sense the darkness that is coming. Pray for one another.
We know the end of the story. God wins. Keep that in your hearts and go forward. Go out and serve Jesus, your king!
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”
Ephesians 6:10-13 NKJV
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