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In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of Lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. – 1 Timothy 6:13-16 NIV
The Lord gives life, and life eternal. There is no salvation except through Jesus Christ.
The sun is the brightest object in the sky that we can see, yet the light that can shine from Jesus is even brighter than the sun.
We do not worship the sun, but we are lucky because we worship the God who made it, and everything in existence. Men may chase the fountain of youth in search for immortality, yet God’s treasure in heaven is the best reward we could possibly imagine. Amen.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 NIV
The Lord is the giver of all life. It almost is ironic that God gave up His only son’s life to save humanity. Jesus is the embodiment of eternal life. Noone on earth gave more than He did.
We can be grateful for such an immense gift.
Perhaps we can only understand eternal life in the context of death.
My mom and I were present in the room when my dad died. We watched him take his last breath. As excruciating as it was to see one of my loved ones die, I could feel God’s peace after my dad took his last breath. My dad no longer was suffering, as he had for over 12 years from Alzheimer’s disease. It was as if my dad was shedding the shell of his body, the way a crab does when it discards its shell.
I may not understand everything about death, but one thing I believe is true: everyone who believes in Jesus can have eternal life. We have a gracious and loving Heavenly Father, and it is by grace that we have been saved. Amen.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 NIV
I remember memorizing John 3:16 when I was a child. At the time the words didn’t really sink in, yet God’s words certainly made an impression on me.
When I think about sharing my faith in Christ Jesus with my friends who are not religious and who appear to never want to talk about religion or spiritually, I take pause. On one hand, I want to respect their beliefs, yet on the other hand I also enjoy their company and can’t exactly imagine heaven without them. Who wouldn’t want to miss out on heaven? I know that God gives all of us the choice to believe or not. He is incredibly fair.
I trust that even if I don’t know the right words to say, knowing me and seeing me lead by example will somehow make a lasting impression on my friends who might want to know and love Jesus some day. Amen.
So Israel will live in safety; Jacob will dwell secure in a land of grain and new wine, where the heavens drop dew. – Deuteronomy 33:28 NIV
The Lord gives us a safe hiding place. We can take refuge in His everlasting arms.
At times we may wonder if our financial future is secure, but the best insurance comes from the Lord. Imagine purchasing eternal life insurance! Jesus gave the chance for eternal life to us freely. Amen.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. – Psalms 37:5-6 NIV
A funny thing happens when we commit to something we care about. Everything falls into place. When we trust the Lord in all things: family, career, and health, the Lord rewards us.
A reward from God is not always monetary, although sometimes He will show us we are on the right track by giving us prosperity. A reward can simply be a feeling of happiness, gratitude, and contentment. The Lord has given us an incredible inheritance: eternal life. Our trials are temporary. Amen.
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. – James 4:14 KJV
None of us can predict what tomorrow will bring. We are not psychic. We only know what is in the present moment.
When we feel overwhelmed or agitated, we can remember that this life is only a small fraction of the eternity that we can inherit when we claim Jesus’s promises.
We don’t need to be worried about the everyday annoyances. For example, my little boy skipped his nap during the day and then took it at 5pm, which pushed his bedtime to well past 9pm. Plus he had a cold.
Didn’t that moment pass? God always comes to help us when we ask. Instead of dwelling on the past, we can focus on our future in Christ. Amen.
Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. – Psalms 31:24 KJV
Facing big changes takes courage. God can give us strength to get what needs to be done completed. Sometimes the tasks can seem overwhelming, but nothing is too difficult for God.
He directs us and gives us hope. He forgives and cleanses us. The Lord makes all things new.
When we start to doubt whether everything will be okay, we can remember that God’s will shall be done. We have hope of a brighter future.
This life that we are living is a temporary one, but we can have eternal life and redemption through our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled that does not fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. – 1 Peter 1:3-5 NKJV
Each one of us is a trust fund baby: we are heirs to an eternal inheritance through Jesus Christ. We are rich beyond measure!
Regardless of the trials we face in life, our Lord shows us mercy when we come to Him in prayer and trust Him.
It is our hope that we will see our loved ones who have passed away, not just in our dreams, but in Heaven on that glorious day. Salvation through faith is powerful. Amen.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 2 Thessalonians 5:23 NKJV
We don’t save ourselves. Jesus saved us, and that allows every part of our being–our spirit, soul, and body, to have eternal life. When Jesus comes again, we will have a chance to start over, and get it right.
New beginnings can sometimes be daunting. Will starting over in a new place be natural for us? Will we remember what happened before?
God reveals things to us just at the right time. He never gives us more than we can handle, so He gives us time to process the changes ahead. He is always with us, guiding us through the unfamiliar territory. “What a friend we have in Jesus!” Amen.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. – Matthew 28:19-20 NIV
Jesus doesn’t ask us to sit at home and do nothing. He wants us to go and spread the good news to the nations about salvation, in whatever way we can.
Baptism is a commitment to our Eternal Father, to abide by His commandments and to trust that when the Holy Spirit speaks to us–in that still, quiet voice–we must listen.
His words are powerful. We never know how we can make a difference in the lives of other people.
Jesus being in us means that we are changing for the better. Jesus is the promise of a happy ending. Amen.