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Eternal Value

One day, shortly after my wife and I married, I opened the door to my small print shop, looked out on the traffic whizzing by, and prayed something like this: “Father, I need to do something that has eternal value.” I was tired of working hard to make things with immediate value but didn’t seem to have eternal value; the Holy Spirit was calling me to launch out into deeper waters.

Jesus Provides Opportunities

As Christians, we always have feelings tugging at us to stay on the shore and enjoy watching ships sail over the horizon. It’s safe on the shore, and we don’t know what perils those ships will face when we can no longer see them. Our feelings tell us to stay, but our Lord Jesus said, “Go.” (Matthew 28:19)

It has been nearly forty years since I prayed that prayer. I can testify that God answered it. Today, I was reminded of how Jesus provides opportunities that have eternal value for each of His own.

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

2 Corinthians 4:16-17

Younger, Stronger, Deeper

Therefore, no matter what you as a believer are challenged by in your physical body or the things of this world, take heart; today, your spirit is being renewed. Your spirit is younger, stronger, and deeper than ever before.

Today, you know more deeply, pray more meaningfully, and walk more closely with Jesus your Lord and your Friend. And the troubles that demand your attention they produce for you “a glory” that will never diminish; they have eternal value.

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A Christian’s Default

I heard someone say, “Do your own thing” is what satan said to Eve! When you think about it, that’s true, and our culture has completely embraced the “just do it” mindset. This mindset is as old as Adam and Eve. What is new in America is the dichotomy between “just do it” and “no, you can’t do that!” If ever humanity was teetering on the brink of mass schizophrenia, it’s now.

Hell is the default

It’s not virtually impossible, it’s actually impossible, to express any idea without multitudes becoming unhinged. Well, here’s a true statement that I read in one of Jennifer Bagnaschi’s blogs:Hell is the default. Heaven is your CHOICE. Jesus is the WAY!” To that, I say, “Amen!”

Hell is the default. Many people have forgotten that not making a decision is a decision. We don’t get a “do-over.” The decisions we make or don’t make in this life will determine how we live for eternity.

A Christian’s default

Despite the chortling and spitting to which we’ve become accustomed, the default for followers of Jesus Christ is the fruit of the Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

If we infuse this fruit into our every thought, conversation, meeting, blogging, tweeting, and facebooking, then you and I can enjoy our life, now, and enjoy our terrific life in heaven. So, why would we choose any other way to live? Let’s not withhold the Spirit. Let’s allow His fruit to sweeten everyone we meet.

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Eternal Time

You know, time is fascinating. A gazillion years ago, someone came up with the grand idea to divide a day into 24 pieces of time. In English, we named those pieces “hours.” 

As time became more important to us, we needed more precision. So, for Western civilization, we came up with a brilliant new measurement for time. We cut an hour up into small pieces of time. We called each small piece of time a minute (my-noot), as in a small, piece of an hour. 

It wasn’t long before people needed things done in a New York minute, hence the need for a 2nd smaller piece of time! Still lacking creativity, we named this second piece of time a second. What the English language lacks in creativity is made up for by our determination to require rote memorization of our most used words and high levels of uniqueness for words that simply sit in dictionaries gathering dust. 

No matter how small we divvy up time, we can still divide it again. It never runs out! And, we can multiply time by days, weeks, months, and so forth, without limit. Again, it never runs out! Time can be infinitely transformed with math, but it takes Jesus Christ to transform our time into eternal life. “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” – John 5:24

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