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<< Discover the Book, with Dr. John Barnett

Discover the Book - Feb. 16, 2008

  • 2008 Feb 16
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What Will Last Forever?

 

Everything seems so fragile these days. News gets old in

seconds, emails in hours, movies in days, electronic gadgets in

weeks, cars in months, and buildings in years. Nothing seems enduring

in our world. We live more and more in a world that is temporary.

From the delete button on the email screen to the trash can on our

digital cameras—everything seems to be short lived. All around us we

see decay, even on the cosmic level everything is headed toward what

physicists call ‘heat death’.

 

WHAT LASTS FOREVER?

 

When we get to the end of everything--what is left? In other

words, what will last forever? The Bible ends with the book called

Revelation. The last chapter is Revelation 22, and that last chapter

ends with only three things left in eternity that really matter: God,

Heaven and one more element—servants serving God.

 

Have you paused to notice who are those surrounding God’s

Throne? Revelation 22:3 And there shall be no more curse, but

the Throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants

shall serve Him. NKJV Servants are those who choose to discipline

themselves to serve God. All that lasts are God and those who

serve Him; that is what God’s Word is all about. If we are to someday

spend eternity serving God, how are we doing at disciplining

ourselves to be His good, faithful, and godly servants? That is the

question answered in these pages. May we all seek and receive His

well done” when Christ examines and measures our lives.

 

Each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will

declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the

fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is

—1 Corinthians 3:13

 

We are not our own. As a redeemed child of God we have a

life to live that ends with a personal examination by the One we

love, the One who bought us, and the only One who really matters—

Jesus Christ our Lord. How we’ve used our time on Earth will one

day be tested by fire—the fire of Christ’s presence that will burn away

everything we did which wasn’t pleasing to Him.

 

How can we live in a way that truly pleases the Lord? Is it something

we have to guess about or wonder whether we are doing what

He desires?

 

The description of what lasts and pleases Him is in God’s Word. To

glorify Christ to the maximum by how we live takes choosing to stay

in step with His plan. That plan, His Word, is intended by God to fill

our lives. Hence, a Word filled life won’t be burned up, which is the

only way to not waste the life He has given each of us to use for His

glory. If I could describe the best life possible—a life of peace, serenity,

security, and joy—it would be the Word filled life!

A Word Filled

Life Is the Only

Way to Not

Waste Your Life

 

Discipline Yourself For Godliness

 

God’s Word contains clear guidelines for how to have an exciting

lifetime filled with confidence, purpose, direction, and hope. The

Scriptures instruct us on how to have a joyous Word filled marriage

and the most harmonious and loving family possible—a Word filled

family! And a Word filled work life can be the most satisfying, purposeful,

and rewarding employment for an entire lifetime!

 

God wants to greatly bless us through the Word filled life and into

senior citizenship! Then, as we face that appointment with Christ to

show what we have done with our lives (2 Corinthians 5:10), we can

enter His presence with joy—thrilled to be with the One who loved

us, and whom we love supremely.

 

No matter who you are or where you are in life, your age or what

your past might be, God has described His perfect plan for you in the

Scriptures. The Lord of heaven and earth has much to say about the

optimal operating range we should live within, and has instilled in

each of us every needed option to operate and fulfill His plans.

We find the details on how to do all those things in God’s Word.

If you want to live life the way God says it should be—the best life

possible—live a Word filled life!

 

In the New Testament, Christ’s recorded words during His ministry

on earth are highlighted in what we call a “red letter edition” Bible.

To me, it is astounding to read these first words Jesus said after He

was introduced publicly at His baptism:

… “It is written, ‘Man shall not live [exist, continue, go on] by

bread alone [eating our physical food], but by every word that proceeds

from the mouth of God’ ” (Matthew 4:4).

In other words, Jesus was saying, “It is not enough just to eat and

exist and have physical life. If you want to have a full and abundant

life in your youth, marriage, family, work, and senior years, as I

designed it to be, you must allow My every Word to fill your life!”

For more from Discover the Book Ministries, please visit  discoverthebook.org.

 

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