Good morning my sisters-
What would you do if you knew tomorrow wouldn't come? That's the question Christian leaders have been asking themselves. Those are the messages we are hearing from the pulpit and that's what I have been thinking about as I read the paper and hear world events.
There are men, women and children that won't see tomorrow. They will perish and we won't even know their names. They may be in Africa starving, in Ukraine fighting, or in Iraq being beheaded. They are faceless and nameless but they are God's children and we must send prayers to our Father and be ready if tomorrow doesn't come for us. On top of all those events, people are dying of cancer, car accidents are happening and crime still exists. All these events measure to someone that doesn't have tomorrow. Now I don't want to be bleak and that's not my point. Really my point is two-fold, if you know Christ you should be looking at today and secondly, if tomorrow doesn't come for you then you will be in paradise. Remember the words Jesus said to the criminal on the cross, because he believed he was entered into Heaven.
Often, I tried to talk to my dad about Heaven. As a matter of fact, I even game him a tape on Heaven. I wanted him to understand the beauty of what he would miss if he didn't believe. He thought my mom and my brother were suffering, when in actuality they were rejoicing at the feet of Jesus. We are all scared to die, even I sometimes have fear but that fear isn't from God it's from evil. We were meant to be in paradise, that's why Christ came to give us a future beyond this life. Many are suffering around the world but if they carry the name of Jesus they will someday find paradise.
I get caught up in my family, raising my boys and work and forget to really be in today. If I didn't have tomorrow, what would I do differently? Well, I probably would serve more, reach out to my friends more and hug my children. I wouldn't worry about my 401K or if I'll have a job tomorrow. I would be still and waiting for my groom. Life has a way of misdirecting our steps. In reality, we lose focus because we are starving, fighting a war we don't understand, working too hard or just not feeling anything at all. We run but we can't hide. Our focus must be on today and the God that promised to come like a thief in the night. Don't get me wrong, I lose focus too. I haven't been writing this blog as diligently as I used too and I have been feeling that pull to find time for my Maker. So, for this moment I'm thinking about Jesus and today. If God comes today, I will have spent time with Him, spread His word and sat still to hear from Him. He gave us a promise and we must remember to live in today and prepare for His coming.
Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43 NIV)
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. (Revelation 2:7 NIV)
I must leave you this morning without a prayer but we should pray Revelation 2:7 today because we want to be victorious, we want to be faithful and we want to stay into today so that when it's our time we are in paradise.