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A Father’s Real Goal


Happy Father’s Day to all dad’s out there including my own.  I’m a dad myself, so the constant struggles and stresses of being a dad are constantly battling in my soul as well.  But there are lots of joys too.  This year I get to run with my son early on this Sunday morning.  Micah and I are going to be involved in the Canton Marathon.  We are both participating in the 10K.  Hopefully the rest of my family will be at the finish line to carry me off after I collapse.  Haha!

So what is dad’s role?  Through the years I’ve had lots of assumptions.  I’ve looked at my own experience growing up as a kid.  I’ve listened to old family stories from before I was born about what dads and grandpas did.  I’ve watched other dad’s as they walked this sometimes curvy road.  I’ve heard speeches and conferences and seminars about it.  Read books about it.  I’ve talked with many kids through 23 years of ministry about personal struggles with their dads.  Some stories are similar, but never are two the same.  I’ve also read the Bible about fatherhood.  It actually has a lot to say.  But when you put God’s expectations against what “experts” in our modern times say a dad’s role is, you get very different opinions.

Today’s wisdom says to be there for your kids.  Take time with your kids.  Both very true…but the media takes it further to define what success for a dad should be.  They show guys going after the big job with big money for the family.  I sometimes get the feeling that if a dad can’t afford a Disneyland vacation then he hasn’t provided well.  Some commercials talk about doing the things for the family that they ‘deserve.’  I heard one network marketer say that a few years of hard long-hour work, sacrificing time with your family, might pay off in the end with reward (meaning $$$).  Ok…what happens if you have a heart attack at 1.5 years into that plan?

Now, don’t get me wrong or hear what I’m not saying.  Sometimes there is time for hard work and sacrifice to supply a family with the necessities of life.  The Bible says that work puts food on the table (Proverbs 12:11, 14:23).  And…some of that time will be away from family.  But the chasing after riches is another thing that our society and media claims good.  The Bible is pretty clear on this too.  Hard work will be rewarded.  Yet I see dad’s who still struggle even when they are providing for their kids.  Some do so well they are providing for the great-grandkids yet there isn’t peace in their soul.  So…does the absence of this “peace” have anything to do with what many of us dads miss?

Why are we like this?  There’s one thing in the Bible that many of us dad’s overlook.  It has to do with raising Godly kids.  The question that is always there isn’t, “Have we done enough to support our family?”  It is, “Will our kids be in Heaven with us?”  A second closely follows, “Will they be bringing people with them as well?”

Moses had to feel incredible dad-like pressure when he led his family, and his nation, out of Egypt.  He was leading them, at God’s command and with His power and authority, from slavery into freedom.  Moses was the man looked to for wisdom.  Moses was looked to as the man who knew God and talked with God.  Through this and the various struggles, Moses saw clearly what was and was not important as he led his family, and God’s family, towards the Promised Land.  Isn’t that kinda like us dad’s today too?  We are to lead our family towards Heaven…towards God himself.  God places us in this spot and gives us all the tools to do it.  We need to learn how to use some of the tools, but they’re all there waiting to be picked up.

Moses’ big warning is this though.  He warns us to never forget about God.  He asks us, as parents, to remind our kids all the time about God (Deuteronomy 6:4-9).  He encourages us to talk about God all the time when we’re walking, working, eating breakfast or getting ready for bed.  Moses knew this one thing, if we slightly forget about God, we will start to search after things not of Him.  If we lose track of God and His goal of having everyone with Him in Heaven, then we start to form our own goals and strategies for “successful living.”  Moses saw how dangerous it is to forget about God. (Deuteronomy 4:9, 6:12, 8:11).

So what’s this mean for us dad’s today?  I see two goals.  One, we want to do what we can to set our kids up to make the choice to follow God.  The tough part here?  We can’t make the choice for them, but we don’t want to fail on our part of the equation.  Secondly, we want to disciple our kids so that they know how to lead others to Heaven as well.  In the end, it really won’t matter where we’ve worked or how much money we’ve made or spent or what our degree is.  It won’t matter if our kids went to the right college or won all the races or got all the trophies.  What will matter is, whatever we or they choose to do, that we all did it remembering God and His principles, followed His direction,  chose His son as our Savior and chose to share Jesus with others.  Here’s how I know this.  Our Heavenly Father’s goal is plain.  He wants us in Heaven with Him.  He’s wants this so much that He asked His own son to die to make the way.

Let’s all try to set our goal and change our approaches so that our biggest endeavor is to take our family and friends to Heaven.  Tough?  Yes.  Rewarding?  Eternally.

Love-Serve-Spread the Word,

ed

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Approaching Christmas

December 6, 2011 Leave a comment

Approaching Christmas

Our culture has this odd approach to Christmas nowadays.  There’s political correctness being argued in every corner.  Mass consumerism is rampant.  As the numbers of separated families continue to rise, arguments over who gets who for the big morning abound.  I just had a young teenage lady in my office in tears wondering how she can make everyone in her ‘two homes’ happy.  There are even expectations for families who consider themselves healthy.  There are traditions to uphold.  There are certain cookies to bake.  Budgets are stretched while kids hand catalogs with circled wishes to their parents.  It seems to me that Christmas is full of pressure.  Do you ever feel like that?  Do you now feel like that?

A couple years ago I jumped into an argument of ‘posts’ with person who doesn’t believe in God.  Christmas was just a day off to him.  He was and I assume still is a thought writer…a blogger.  His approach then was to criticize all Christians for using Christmas trees and outside lights.  We were not living up to our true traditional worship.  He saw Christians caught up as much as anyone else in the consumerism of the day.  He also believed that Christmas should not be a national holiday nor should schools, hospitals, government buildings, or city parks show anything that would help someone celebrate the season…because the base holiday of the season is Christmas.

I asked him if, because I put up a tree or outside lights, that I love Jesus less.  He answered that he didn’t mean people like me.  That was funny.  I also asked him if my show of joy for the season should be private or public.  He said that I should be respectful of other beliefs and carefully trod what I say so not to offend.  His joy for not believing was very public, but he was very against Christmas being public.  His contention was that because it is religious, it should be private, personal and quietly held.  Wow.  More pressure on us believers.  I’m sure you’ve heard and seen similar things in the news or your workplace.  He did get me thinking though about how people really see my celebration.

Is this an article to argue (voice raised here), “Our Rights as American Citizens!”?  No, not at all.  I’m simply writing for my own reasons.  I’m finding that it feels like I’m in the middle of a tornado watching all the expectations, political correctness, busyness, things to do and buy fly around me in whirlwind fashion.  Something inside me wonders … as Christians, do we really celebrate the new born king?

Luke 1:46-55 records a song.  It’s Mary’s song she sang while talking with her cousin Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist.  The NIV translates the Mary’s Merry Christmas greeting as, “My soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”  Luke 2:14 records the shepherds crying out their holiday greeting as, “Glory to God in the highest…”  It’s later recorded in the same chapter that the shepherds went and told everyone they saw about what they were blessed to witness….and all were amazed (2:17).  I’m wondering if we’re so far removed from the history of what really happened that we’ve lost the real joy.  By ‘real joy’ I mean that we now have a way to Heaven.  Are we allowing the frustrations and pressures and consumerism and expectations and political correctness to steal away the joy that Mary and the shepherds once had?  Can we still have that same joy?  Can we have the same joy that caused Simeon to say, “…you can now dismiss your servant in peace…” after seeing the baby Jesus?  Can we still have the joy that caused the shepherds to tell…key word is tell…many people about their joy?

Are lights and trees ok?  Is Santa ok?  Are children’s Christmas lists ok?  Are big ham dinners with homemade cookies and hot chocolate ok?  Let’s say that I’ve had a change of heart.  I love that stuff.  Lots of people do.  Many celebrate the season not really knowing why the season is celebrated.  However, do I, in the midst of hanging outdoor wreaths and wrapping presents, proclaim glory to the promised king?  I guess it comes down to this.  If people see me celebrate, but all they see are the tree lights or the shirt tie that plays “Little Drummer Boy” or the antlers that fit on my dog’s head, then I’m off base.  As a believer, I’m a priest carrying the promise of salvation to the world (1 Peter 2:9).  What better time do we have to celebrate publicly with smiles and joy?  This is the time we can celebrate as a church family, worldwide, that our savior was born.  We have forgiveness!

So, I don’t write this for those who don’t believe.  I write this for me, a believer, who sometimes gets stuck in the rut of the “holidays” and forgets that I’ve been both privileged and entrusted with a message that truly is the best news anyone has ever received.  It’s not mine to keep.  It’s His story…for me to give away.

 

Oh come let us adore Him,

ed

 

PS – Just thinking out loud here.  On Easter Sunday many Christians greet each other with “He is risen!” to which the response, “He is risen indeed!” is given.  Let’s start something new just for the sake of newness and as a reminder.  How about, “He has been born!”  “He has been born indeed!”  : 0 )

Foundations

October 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Matthew 7:24-27 TNIV

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Recognition and Destination

October 14, 2011 Leave a comment

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Knock Knock Who’s there ! Banana ! Banana who ? Banana split so ice creamed !

Why are bananas never lonely? Because they hang around in bunches.

What’s yellow and always points to the north? A magnetic banana.

What would you call two bananas? A pair of slippers

Why did the banana go to the doctor?  Because it wasn’t peeling well.

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Ok, those jokes were kinda fruity, but this week’s focus is not fruity at all.  Jesus takes his hearers on the mountain side through a simple illustration ending with eternal consequences.  He is coming upon the close of the Sermon on the Mount, as we read in Matthew, and is going to pull some strings together for the ending.  He has just talked about a number of Christ-like behaviors and attitudes.  He has given us a picture of His Father in Heaven and shown us why we can rely on Him…no worries.  Last week we looked at the verse that talked about the narrow and wide gates (Matthew 7:13-14).  Many will go through the wide, few will even find the narrow.  He is slowly explaining that this simple message is not easy to accept and enemies are around intending to keep many from following and obeying.  Some of those enemies are standing in the crowd described in this passage.

First, Jesus explains that there are people lying about who they really are.  Wolves dressed as sheep.  Christ has just given us a picture of His Father and how His children should behave through the past 96 verses.  He now tells us that these wolves will be known by their fruit.  We know of course that apples don’t come from banana trees.  Pears don’t grow on grape vines.  Neither will these wolves look like God.  They are not connected to God.  They are not following God.  They are enemies of God.  Their tree is bad (Matthew 7:18).  Their tree will not produce good fruit that God is looking for, therefore, their tree will be cut down and burned.  Imagine being there and looking in the direction of one of the Pharisees or Sadducees who might have been there gathering “intelligence” about this Jesus guy.  Many of them are the wolves being talked about.

Jesus then widens the discussion to not just wolves, but everyone.  I’m sure at this point that the crowd is fairly quiet minus the children playing in the background.  Christ lays out the following statement, “Not all who calls ‘Lord, Lord’ will get into the Kingdom of Heaven.”  The next words of Jesus in Matthew 7:13 say this, “Only those who do the will of my Father will enter.”  Did you catch that first word.  “Only.”  Jesus is drawing the line in the sand and explains that He is going to have to judge people.  He is going to be discriminatory.  He is the definition of Love, however, He is also a perfect judge and all will be judged concerning their eternity with Him.  By their fruit they will be known and judged.

Fruit is all about what it is attached to.  Many are going to claim Christ in the end, but Christ will know that they are not connected to Him.  Their fruit will not match up with His likeness.  I think this is a reality check for all standing or sitting there hearing Him speak.  There will be an end to this life.  There will be a judgment.  They will be judged.  There is an eternity waiting…and they, through their fruit (by deciding who they are connected to) will choose their eternity.  Christ’s judgment will only verify and confirm who they chose to follow in their life.

Carry that forward about 2000 years.  The same truth is right there before us.  There will be an end to our physical lives here on this planet.  There will be a judgment.  We will be judged by Jesus.  There is an eternity waiting for us.  And by our fruit we will be judged.  Our fruit will verify and confirm who we are connected to.  Who are you connected to?

I know, this is not an easy lesson to think about.  The message is simple, but the ramifications are hard to swallow.  The consequences of being connected to the wrong tree are eternal.  I’ll ask again, who are you connected to?  Here are some questions to help you evaluate…we’re just going to scan the past 96 verses.  Please take the time to look up the verses as you ask the questions.

  • Do you resemble those mentioned in the beatitudes? (5:3-12)
  • Are you salty? (5:13)
  • Can people see your light…God’s light… through your actions , words, decisions? (5:14-16)
  • Do you keep Christ’s commands AND teach them to others? (5:19)
  • Do you have hate in your heart? (5:22)
  • Adultery?  Lust? (5:27-30)
  • Unrepentant divorce? (5:31-32)
  • Is your word really and truthfully your ‘word’? (5:37)
  • Do you act out in revenge? (5:39)
  • Do you love your neighbor as God loves them? (5:48)
  • Do you give, pray and fast to show people you’re religious, or out of love for God and for others?  (6:1-18)
  • Are you focused on and study to know Heavenly ideals, principles and values? (6:19-21)
  • Do you see this world and people around you as God does and watch for where He is working and leading? (6:22)
  • Does your focus on this world and your own strengths/weaknesses cause you to worry? (6:25-34)
  • Do you judge others before loving and caring for them? (7:1-6)
  • Do you really approach God with full trust as a perfect parent? (7:7-11)
  • Golden Rule rule your life? (7:12)
  • Are you always looking and seeking the narrow gate? (7:13-14)

I truly believe that how we ‘look’ as we go about life proves what tree we’re connected to.  How we look, our fruit, comes from our behaviors.  Our behaviors come from our thoughts and intentions.  Our thoughts and intentions come from our values and moral code.  Our values and moral code come from one of two places…Heaven or Hell.  Are we connected to the tree of the Creator?  Our fruit will show in the end.

Someone may ask where forgiveness is in all of this.  Our fruit doesn’t cause us to be good enough to enter Heaven.  We can’t earn a ticket there.  Jesus’ death took the wrath of God away from those who accept Him as their savior.  His resurrection from the dead beat death.  Yes our bodies will die, but we will…like Him…be raised to an eternal life.  Our fruit simply shows if we’ve truly made that decision in our life to be connected to the tree of forgiveness.  If we have been truly connected to Christ, then our thoughts and behaviors and words should, as a tree grows and bears fruit, look more and more like Jesus.  Sanctification.

Love, Serve, Spread the Word,

Ed

PS – For more evaluation see the Fruit of the Spirit list – Galatians 5:22-23

August 19, 2011 Leave a comment

A pirate captain was on the look out for buried treasure.

After months of hard sailing, his ship caught sight of land, the land to which his treasure map had been leading.

He and his first mate disembarked on the island to search out the buried treasure, which was supposed to lie hidden deep within a swamp at the center of the island.

Sure enough, at the center of the island was a swamp, and the Captain and his first mate bravely entered the swamp.

Soon the swamp began to get deeper, and the pirate’s feet, then ankles, and finally entire leg below the knees was covered in swamp.

It was at that time that the Captain banged his shin against something hard. He reached down, searched around, and pulled up a treasure chest.

Prying the lock open, the chest revealed gold and jewels beyond imagination!

The Captain turned to his first mate and said, “Arrrr, matey, that just goes to show ye, that booty is only shin deep!”

One of my favorite books of the Bible is the book of Ecclesiastes.  In 9:1 of Ecclesiastes it says this, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”  This was written by the one who asked for God’s wisdom and received it…Solomon.  Solomon realized something very true.  There’s nothing new in relation to human nature.  Today’s verse focuses on something that is as true today as it was when Jesus spoke the words of Matthew 6:19-21.  In fact, they were also as true for Jesus’ followers as they were for the people in Solomon’s time as well.

We like to have things.  We like stuff.  We like gadgets.  We not only like having stuff…but we like having the best stuff.  We like our cars and dresses and tv’s and radios and music and IPods and tablets and game systems and awards and certificates.  We like good smelling things and things that make our house look nice.  We like nice things to sit in and nice things to walk on.  We like cash in our wallets and we like to go buy something when we want it.

Jesus talks straight about this to the people who are listening.  He’s just covered how to give to the needy, how to pray and how to fast.  Those things all seem well intentioned because they look like things done for and with God.  This one’s personal though.  He talks about our personal treasure.

When I was a kid, mom would take my sister and me to the library on a regular basis.  One subject I loved to read about was “treasure hunters.”  I would day dream about being a “hunter” one day and finding a sunken treasure ship that no one had found before.  I remember when we would go on vacation to Florida.  We’d go out to eat somewhere and sometimes the placemat would be a “map” of sunken ships that no one had ever found.  I kept those placemats, thinking one day I just might go and use that map to find treasure.

Well, you don’t see me on TV scuba diving in the Caribbean searching for lost treasure in the sea.  But that doesn’t mean I still don’t search for treasure.  I like my stuff…my treasure…and as Jesus hinted to, it gets in the way of the True Treasure God has for us each and every day.

John Maxwell, speaker and author, says that he can basically tell most things about a person by doing a few things…and in about 5 minutes.  He said let me see your calendar, the books you are reading, and your check book.  From those three things he can get a good picture of what you go after…what your main focuses are in life.  Think about that for a minute.  If he can do that, and I’m confident that he can, what would he see if you opened up your books to him?  What would your checkbook show is important to you?  What would your calendar show is important to you?  What do you focus on in down time and what’s it say is important to you?

Jesus said that the stuff we collect here on earth is not meaningful.  This stuff is not going to last and it can be taken from you.  He said that there is treasure that will not rot away and no one can steal.  The last line of this short passage of scripture is the kicker.  Wherever your treasure is…your heart’s there too, and if it’s not with God it’s somewhere else.

Solomon got to this wisdom late and after many mistakes.  He had used most of his wealth to buy treasure on earth.  Later in life he realized what was really important.  Here’s what he said after talking about his abundance of stuff, “…when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”  He realized that not one of these things got him closer to God.  Luckily, we have his story and testimony and the books of Ecclesiastes and Proverbs to help us see a little clearer what’s really important in life.

So where’s your treasure?

Love, Serve, Spread the Word,

Ed

Questions for Growth:

  • How are you a treasure hunter?
  • How does your treasure interfere with your relationship with God?
  • How does your treasure, or treasure hunting, interfere with your ministry as a Christian…a priest of God?
  • What steps will you take today or tomorrow to change your patterns of behavior?

Heaven on Earth…Now


What is your church preference?

  • While filling out an application for employment, the applicant came to a query
    which asked, “What is your Church Preference?”
    The man, not being a person of extraordinary intelligence thought the question
    for some time because he really needed the job. He wanted to impress the
    employer and answered very confidently, “I prefer a red brick church.”

As silly as the joke above might be, it very well might be nearer a truth in our American church society today.  If you listen close to the way we talk about our churches, we mention things associated with places, addresses, programs, target groups, worship music and, of course, buildings.  Having just arrived home from a week in Haiti, I can say that I have new eyes when it comes to “church” things.

Let’s speak frankly for a moment.  The Bible talks specifically that we, who claim Christ as Lord, are members of His body (Ephesians 5:30).  The Bible only separates church families by place names, or more specifically the city where they meet (Writings of Paul and Revelation).  The Church has two focuses…Love God and Love people (Matthew 22:37-39).  The church has one purpose.  It is to help people cross over from their life of sin into a life in relationship with the Forgiver of Sins (Matthew 28:19-20).  The Bible does not separate church families by philosophy, style of music, size of building, number in attendance, or length of Sunday morning services.  We are to be one body acting together in purpose throughout the world.

Ok, I’m sure I got some of your buttons pushed above.  But we really can’t argue with Jesus’ model prayer here.  Jesus has us praying for God’s will to be done through us, His church, here on this planet.  This reminds me of His prayer in John 17:19-23…

  • I pray also for those who will believe in me through [the Disciples’] message,21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

We are here, on earth, to be a real and tangible presence of Heaven.  So how are we doing in this area?  How are we doing in our local communities?  How are we doing through the week in our workplaces and schools?  Are we a fresh vision of Heaven to all who see us?  You see this model prayer is both for the individual as well as for the church.  When we pray this one line…it is for us.  It is a prayer, a request that God’s will will be done through each of us…as though we are a constant 24/7 representative of Heaven.

Some questions for evaluation for yourself or your church family:

  • When people see me do they see God?
  • When people hear me do they hear God?
  • When I make decisions, do people see the decisions that God would make?
  • Do people see God’s forgiveness when I forgive?  Do I forgive?
  • Do people see God’s care when I care for them?
  • Do people see God’s unconditional love when I am around?

….or

  • Do they see me instead of God?
  • Do they hear my attitudes and selfishness instead of God?
  • Do they see decisions that are for ‘my good’ rather than ‘my neighbor’s?’
  • Do they see me holding a list of their sins?
  • Do they see me caring more for my personal stuff than theirs?
  • Do they see love when they deserve it, and love withheld when they don’t?

Heaven on earth.  As Steve Kimbrel has aptly said, we are ‘outposts of Heaven’ in the place we live…in the place we work…in the places we spend our time…for the people we are around.

  • “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

love-serve-spread the Word, ed

Eternity

November 19, 2010 Leave a comment

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What is the definition of eternity?
Four blondes in four cars at a four way intersection.
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I know when some of you see me, you’re going to hit me…Becca Miller/Caite Hayes.

Have you ever tried to think about eternity? I mean, when you hear the verses of Scripture talking about angels singing “forever,” what do you think about? When God says that He’s always been and always will be…what the heck does that mean? Can we even begin to wrap our mind around a subject that foreign? I think we should try. I just took two Tylenol so I can begin to think about writing out thoughts of eternity. Haha.

Steve and I have been throwing things…well, not things, just ideas back and forth over how to simply talk about eternity. Here’s my shot at it. Let’s first ask the question, “Why should we care?”

Is Heaven something you really, really want? You’ve got to answer that question. Is it something that you’re willing to give everything up for? How bad you want it really matters too. As I look at Jesus’ life, everything he did lead to Heaven. It wasn’t that mentoring the disciples was just a piece of his life here on planet earth. Jesus didn’t divide his life’s pie up into sections such as, 20% Carpenter, 20% Son of Joseph and Mary, 20% Mentor to Twelve Guys, 20% Public Reader at the Temple, 20% Son of God. Everything he did and said mattered for eternity. He, by choice, placed himself in God’s hands and his father’s plans so that we could see a glimpse of God and eternity. Remember, Jesus, as creator, place eternity in the hearts of men. This according to the man/author Solomon who was given the wisdom of God (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

So if someone came up to you and said, “Explain eternity to me,” how would you respond? As a Christian, we have to have an answer. “I don’t know” won’t get it. If we are serious about building a relationship with a Heavenly Father who dwells in eternity, then we need to have an inkling of why we serving this God.

Can you see that I’m struggling with this subject as I try to write this out? Haha. Yep, you got it.

Let me run through some things that come into my mind as I look for evidence of people who I think understood eternity. Paul. Paul, I think, understood eternity. When he met Jesus on his way to persecute more Christians, something huge changed in Paul’s understanding of eternity. When Peter stood, at Pentecost, in front of thousands of skeptical people, and spoke the whole Gospel, I can tell that Peter was experiencing eternity. When Peter and John stood before the Sanhedrin hearing threats of jail and more, they didn’t back down…even told those that could have them executed that nothing would stop them from talking about Jesus, I think that they knew they were living in eternity. When Stephen was being stoned for telling people about Jesus I think he understood eternity. As he took his last breath he said, “God, forgive them because they don’t know what they’re doing.” When Paul writes the he was able to say kill me now or later, fine. Now I get to Heaven faster! Later, I take more people with me. I think Paul was conscience of eternity.

I think back to when the church first started. The book of Acts records that “everyone had everything together.” They shared everything. They met together, talked together, and lived like a humongous family. Communism? No. Kingdom of God? Yes. They were experiencing a glimpse of eternal living here on this planet.

When Jesus says that he can give us “life more abundant,” what’s that mean? I think it means that we can…it’s a promise!…experience eternity here on this earth. When the biblical authors talk about us being strangers and aliens here…that this place is not our home…they are talking about us being in the eternal Kingdom. It’s a present condition. It’s not something that we have to wait for after death. Getting a glimpse of eternity WILL change everything for you.

When we are able to get there…to push through…to battle Satan for our mind, people will see that there is something different about us. We have a peace that passes ‘human’ understand. We will look weird. The world will say things about us…some will ask more questions. But the point is, God wants us in eternity because He knows that it is how it was suppose to from the beginning. Adam and Eve experienced eternity and being, by choice, moved out of eternity. Can u imagine their anguish…and the Creator’s as well? It’s what we were created for. Eternity is set in the hearts of men…that’s you and me. We need to pursue it with everything we have…even if it baffles us.

Ed

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