|Posted by Lorraine Serra on January 5, 2015 at 9:40 AM|
Yesterday, my devotional book hit me between the eyes with,
"O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?" 1 Corinthians 15:55
At once, I thought, how curious that I just found out a friend was in surgery for Stage 4 Lung and Colon cancer. God is with him!
How strange that as most are finding motivation for a new year of great advances, this family is staring into the face of possible death....soon.
But, aren't we all?
No "downer" intended here...we have cause to rejoice because, in Christ, we have a different perspective. We have the promise of Christ Himself, that He has gone before us to prepare a place for us.
Just as a builder must consider the end product in the planning and construction of a home, we, too, should settle the important question of our final dwelling. Once settled, we can rest in confidence and proceed with the journey to completion.
In response to Jesus' words, "There are many rooms in my father's house," Max Lucado wrote ;
"What a tender phrase. A house implies rest, safety, warmth, a table, a bed, a place to be at home. But this isn't just any house. It is our Father's house.
We don't always feel welcome here on earth. We wonder if there is a place here for us. People can make us feel unwanted. Tragedy leaves us feeling like intruders. Strangers. Interlopers in a land not ours. We don't always feel welcome here.
We shouldn't. This isn't our home. We are not home here. This language we speak, it's not ours. This body we wear, it isn't us. And the world we live in, this isn't home." Excerpt from "A Gentle Thunder"
I am so thankful for a wonderful home life. I feel blessed beyond my wildest dreams. But, this, too, shall pass! What then?
I know my Savior Jesus Christ has purchased my "room" with His blood on Calvary. My reservation is confirmed because I gratefully accepted this awesome gift.
I could never buy it myself, or earn it. My imperfection, my human frailty, inconsistent will power, obedience and mouth tarnish the attempt.
"The sting of Death is sin." 1 Corinthians 15:56
Jesus washed away mine. How about you?
Lord Jesus, my Savior. Thank you for your selfless love, a royal love, a holy love. I am grateful. May my life prove it, with Your help. Oh, how I rely on YOU, my blessed Redeemer!
To settle the question of your final dwelling, you just need to pray with a humble and sincere heart! Maybe something like this:
Jesus, I need you. I know I am not perfect. I am often ruled by my sin, my self serving desires. Today, I turn to you. I ask Your forgiveness and that You would come into my life now to lead me forward. I believe You are the only Son of God, and by your death and Resurrection, I have the promise of eternal life in my Father's house.
Thank you for walking me through life until the day I meet you face to face. I want to live in a way that is pleasing to You. With Your help, I am going to trust You always. Amen.
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