It is so easy to get caught up in the secular, physical world around us. And yet, God’s way is so far superior. Every day He is calling to us, inquiring if we will succumb to the secular viewpoint, or look up and grasp His. Sometimes it is helpful to pause to be reminded of some of the clear differences between the two.
This world is passing away. We are passing away. We are only too aware we will not live forever.
And yet, God has always been and always will be. He invites us to be His adopted children who live forever.
Our lives here are consumed with survival and extension and preservation of life while in our physical bodies. We worry about having enough money; we worry about getting sick and never getting well; we worry about eventual death and the eventual death of our loved ones.
Through faith in the saving power of Jesus Christ through His death on the cross, we no longer have to worry about death. Death is merely a door to living forever with God in His eternal spiritual, heavenly, all-good Kingdom. Our lives here will end, because God has something greater in mind. He loves us too much to leave us here infinitely. Here there is evil as well as good, injustice, pain, illness, suffering, etc. Here the air is ruled by His adversary. It will always be harder here than God wants for us for eternity.
God uses life here to give us that beautiful, free-will choice, whether or not we want Him to be our Lord. Do we want our own will our own way? Or do we trust God is who He says? If He is who He says, then He is superior in every regard and His plans for us are much greater and more fulfilling than any we have thought up for ourselves. God has the power to bring to fulfillment all the ways He desires to use us, if we will seek to hear His voice (which He promises to teach us to hear when we seek it) and endeavor to follow where He leads because we trust Him. God promises to take everything we experience and use it for ultimate good.
This is precisely because this life is not all there is. There is infinitely more waiting for us behind death’s door. In the meantime, once we have acknowledged Him as Savior and are bowing to Him as Lord, we have a job to do!
The world sets before us and invisible ladder of “success” and falsely teaches that if we will climb that ladder at all costs we will find fulfillment and riches at the top.
Yet, God is the true wealth. All riches that we might accumulate here, do not continue on with us into eternity. We have no need for worldly weath in eternity. It’s only purpose is to help sustain us while we are still here living in our bodies.
Therefore accumulating title, position, power and money is pointless. It doesn’t last and it doesn’t lead to inner fulfillment. This life is not all there is. God promises to provide “enough” for us until the day He knows will be that of our physical death (when He brings us home). Only God knows and controls this date. He has created us for something greater than wealth and renown among humanity, which is fickle and passing away.
He has created us to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and reveal Him to the world, so that all would have the opportunity to embrace Him, His way and enter into the promise of blessed eternal life which He offers all who will bow and seek to follow Him.
That is our purpose. Nothing else. To give Him “glory”. Jesus was the example. He listened for God’s instruction and only did as the Father would have Him do, trusting the Father would release His power in the right amount at the right time to complete that which He asked of Jesus. And the Father did.
Once Jesus becomes our Savior and Lord, we become adopted children of God, eternal citizens of God’s kingdom and ambassadors for His kingdom for as long as we are physically alive. All we have to do is worship God because of who He is, listen for His instruction, then walk it out, regardless of apparent personal consequences. God will use every single thing we go through for eternal good in our lives and/or the lives of those around us.
We don’t have to worry. We don’t have to struggle. He is with us and His power is there to care for us. We just have to live each day trusting He is who He says with our spiritual eyes and ears focused on Him. He will not let us down. We can rejoice in each day regardless of our position, living standard or circumstances because God has purpose for us where we are which goes far beyond this life. And if it is time for us to move on, then He will lead us.
How exquisite that God would love us so much that He invites us to eternity, but gives us the free will to decide on our own whether we want His way! How re-assuring that He has all the power and promises to protect us and provide “enough” for us until it’s time for us to go home and jooin Him in eternity. How blessed that in every moment we have divine purpose with eternal consequences because God chooses to reveal Himself through us if we will let Him.
Finding God, then worshipping and serving Him is what life is all about. Everything else is less and passing away. This is where true fulfillment, freedom (from the world’s cares), abundant joy and inner peace are to be found. It is that for which we were created.
Rejoice in the greatness of God, how much He loves us and how much He will use us for eternal good today!
EPH. 1:11-12, 16-23 (Amplified)
11 In Him we also were made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; fir we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works everything in agreement with the counsel and design and appointed to] live for the praise of His glory!
12 So that we who first hope in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him have been destined and appointed to] live for the praise of His glory!
16 I do not cease to give thanks to you, making mention of you in my prayers,
17 [For I always pray to] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, that he may grant you a spirit of wisdom and revelation [of insight into the mysteries and secrets] in the [deep and intimate] knowledge of Him,
18 By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones),
19 And [so that you can know and understand] what is the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His power in and for us who believe, as demonstrated in the working of His mighty strength.
20 Which He exerted in Christ when He raised Himm from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly [places],
21 Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is names [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and in this world, but also in the age and the world which are to come.
22 And He has put all things under His feet and has appointed Him the universal and supreme Head of the church [a headship exercised throughout the church], [Ps. 8:6.]
23 Which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all [for in that body lives the full measure of Him Who makes everything complete, and Who fills everything everywhere with Himself].
Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that.]
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Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist. She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way.
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