Monday, October 19, 2009

Daily Digest #350

I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 3:1

Allow me to share a reading about eternal life. Here's an excerpt from the article ("Where Do We Go From Here", p.32):

Looking Ahead

Do you know where you are going after you die? Or are you like the pilot who lost his navigation equipment, became disoriented, and then announced to the passengers, "Ladies and gentlemen, the bad news is that we don't know where we are going. The good news is that we're making great time."

Is your life flying by without real direction and purpose? Do you have serious doubts about where you will spend eternity? If so, remember these words of Jesus: "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out" (Jn. 6:37). The choice is yours. If you seek God's forgiveness through Christ, you will be forgiven. You will spend eternity in heaven. You will no longer have to fear the grave.

But what if you are sure that you are headed for the resurrection of the righteous? Then you must remember the judgment seat of Christ. You must so live that you will reap a harvest of eternal gain rather than loss. You must immerse yourself in God's Word to know what He values most. You must even now be concerned about imitating Christ in your attitudes and actions (Eph. 5:1-7).

Christ wept over the lost condition of mankind. He gave His life for sinners. His love and compassion were obvious to all who came in contact with Him. What about you? Do people sense your concern for the lost? Are you willing to give of yourself that others may come to know God?

May God help us know where we are going when we die -- and to be faithful until we arrive.

We may be too busy worrying about our lives, and neglect our relationship with others and with God. God teaches us that there's more to life than our careers, our accomplishments and our earthly possessions -- He has given each of us a purpose. May we focus on the eternal rather than material things this world offers. May we learn to endure until God's work in us is complete. May we live a life like Jesus, and look forward to joining Him in His Father's kingdom.

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