September 12, 2004
”[God] …’will render to each one according to his deeds’; eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath,…”
Romans 2:6-8 paints the picture of the two choices and their consequences. The plus side is that a life lived faithfully in doing good toward God and others will result in glory, honor and immortality; By contrast, a life that is self-seeking and disobedient (to God) leads to God’s displeasure and wrath. Our lives earn God’s commendation or His condemnation!
In Jude 21, we read: “…keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” While we aim to live a godly life, it’s good to recognize that there is a time element. Christ could return in a minute…or 100 years! Regardless, we are instructed to stay in God’s love. Listen to this example of someone staying in the love of God:
“And she [Martha] had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard his word. And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10:39, 41-42)
Mary heard Jesus word. This doesn’t mean it went in one ear and out the other. Rather, she was taking His word into her heart: she owned it! And Jesus, who is God, would not allow that word, that message He had shared with Mary, to be taken away from her by anyone!
What would you do to have an up-close and personal interview with the power of the Universe who holds the nucleus of every single atom in your body, together?
Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to the Master. At His feet, absorbing all He had to tell her was how she chose to use her time and her opportunity. And it was more than a good thing: it was the best thing she could have done!
Every day, each of us has opportunity to sit at Jesus’ feet. How? We can open our Bible’s and glean some precious nugget for our heart’s to chew on. Did you know that God has insights, comfort, inspiration, direction and more, waiting for you in the Holy Scriptures?
Isaiah 55:1, 6, 9 says:
“…Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, come; buy wine and milk without money and without price. Seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Where do we find God’s thoughts? They are in the Bible.
Did you ever stop to think why God might have given the Holy Scriptures?
Why didn’t He just boom out His message from the clouds? Or send all we need to know through holy e.s.p.?
I believe He gave the Bible so that it is in “black and white”. That way, the prophecies either are fulfilled or they aren’t. We have a record of them and God can’t “weasel out” of them by saying: Well, I never really meant that. I believe God gave us His Holy Word because He wanted everything absolutely and specifically documented.
He went to a lot of trouble: 66 books, written over at least 1200 years, by numerous culturally, educationally and ethnically different writers. We need to get that best part. Don’t miss yours today!