Daily Devotion Saturday, June 1st

Saturday, June 1, 2013 – Psalm 56; Deuteronomy 5:22-33; 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10 and Luke 16:19-31

Here is something to hold on to and trust in; “this I know, that God is for me.” (Psalm 56:9c). There is a saying that is shared in a lot of churches; “God is good, all the time! All the time, God is good!” Thanks be to God that each of these are true statements about God. So write them upon your heart, mind and soul.

The following is something I share often at funeral services, yet is also good for all us to know and trust in.

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10 – 16So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 17For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 18because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

1For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

In my ministry I’ve watched many a member who had to or has to deal with their aging body. The senior years are often called the golden years. But for many they become the time they have to deal with an aging body. I don’t know anyone who has escaped this except the person who dies suddenly of cancer or brain aneurism, or in a crash.

This past week as I reflected on the fact that Mackenzie my granddaughter was 6, I realized she was now 1/10 as old as I am. I’m sixty. This fact made me feel much younger. For many 60 is young. If you are in your 80’s or 90’s 60 is young. Yet, already at 60 I can’t do some of the things I could do when 20 or 30. I can do a lot of things I couldn’t do at 6 but if I live long enough I may lose the ability to do them as well.

So, where is the hope? My hope lies not in this life, this world. Not in what I can do this day. My hope lies in the fact that Christ died and rose to show that he is Lord of eternal life. This life is temporary. When looked at in the perspective of all time, we are here on earth but for a very brief moment. This moment is important, but it only lasts a brief time. What’s important is eternity. The time we will spend in God’s holy kingdom where there will be no pain, no illness, only joy and blessedness. The tears we will have will be tears of joy not sadness.

At funerals I like to focus upon the joys of a person’s life and the new life promised us in Christ.

My goal is to enjoy life and serve God throughout all my days. One of my goals is to keep my body as healthy as I can (guess that means I need to lose the extra pounds I’m carrying around these days). I do some exercise. I strive to stay active. I don’t know how long my life will be, but this I do know one day I’ll get the joy of living in eternity. Thanks be to the Christ for the promise of the gift of eternal life.

In our reading from 2nd Corinthians it says; 10For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

I looked up some things on the internet about the judgment seat of Christ and found many varying opinions. I don’t know what exactly to make of this, but it does cause me to want to do good, not evil. This should be my goal simply because of what God has done for me in Christ, besides having a sense that the bad I do, will go with me just as the good will. The gift of eternal life is given us because of our faith in Christ, not because of any good we do.

I end on this note, because I don’t know exactly what to make of this verse and its implications for eternity.

O God, thanks for the promise of eternal life and thanks be to you for I know you are for me and that you are good all the time. All the time, you are good! Amen.

 

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