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December 15, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Christian Hope

 

Christian hope is a different kind of hope. It’s not based on wishful thinking or false hope. Christian hope does not depend on our own positivity and we are not hope-makers either. Instead, Christian hope is based on Christ and what he has done for us. Jesus is our hope. And that hope never lets us down.

How freeing it is to realize that God is the source of hope. He is always the same. Hope is also not something we have to produce ourselves. No amount of positive thinking could hold anything together when life gets really rough. We truly need Christ and the different kind of hope that he offers. The everlasting kind that is not based on anything but the truth.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13, NIV)

Christian hope is powered by the Holy Spirit

Did you catch it? The Bible tells us our God is the God of peace and the God of comfort but have you noticed before our God is also the God of hope? He is the source of our hope. That’s why Christian hope is a different kind of hope. It’s not something we force ourselves, it’s from our heavenly father. How wonderful is that? There’s always fresh hope for hopeless.

Also, this verse tells us hope is born in our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit. We are not to pretend it or force it to happen. It happens when we are clinging to Jesus. When we believe in God and his promises, he will make it happen. How beautiful, how graceful, how delightful. The different kind of hope is born in our hearts.

God loves us so much that he provides everything we need in this life and next. Yet he does not give us the way the world gives. He gives what we need: hope, peace, joy, love, faith and anything else we truly need. We as his children are blessed beyond measure.

 

God of Hope,
We need you and we love you.
Send your Holy Spirit to overflow us with your hope
and everything else we need.
Thank you for always providing for us and protecting us.
May your will happen in, for and through us.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you think the Christian hope is a different kind of hope?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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December 12, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Somewhere in Your Silent Night

Somewhere in your silent nightI don’t know about you but I feel I am so far behind in my Christmas preparations. I don’t even dare to tell my American friends how behind I am. It’s not the first time either. The first year I was teaching at Concordia College (at Moorhead, MN) I bought my gifts – other than from the college bookstore – at the airports on my way home. I just had been so busy with teaching and grading and everything else that I hadn’t had any time or energy left to think about gifts. This year I am only a bit better. I feel exhausted and so far from having a merry Christmas Spirit. Thankfully, I have this habit of talking to God every morning and I cried out to him about all this. Then I ran into this new Christmas song called Somewhere in your silent night from my favorite Christian group Casting Crowns (going to their concert is on my bucket list) and it felt like grace raining down on me.

Somewhere in your silent night

All is calm and all is bright
Everywhere but in your heart tonight
They’re singing carols of joy and peace
But you feel too far gone and too far out of reach

Somewhere in your silent night
Heaven hears the song your broken heart has cried
Hope is here, just lift your head
For love has come to find you
Somewhere in your silent night

No matter how you feel: unwanted, unprepared or unimportant, it’s not true. Somewhere in your silent night, God sees you and hears you. God loves you and he has come to find you. This is what makes Christmas, not the lavish decorations or the perfect preparations.

For Love has come to find you

From heaven’s height to manger low
There is no distance the Prince of Peace won’t go
From manger low to Calvary’s hill
When your pain runs deep
His love runs deeper still
He has always loved you, child
And He always will

Somewhere in your silent night
Heaven hears the song your broken heart has cried
Hope is here, just lift your head
For love has come to find you
Somewhere in your silent night

There’s nothing God won’t do to find you and surround you with his grace. This is not something new, God has always loved you. And there’s nothing you can do or leave undone to stop him from loving you. God sent his only son to die for your sins so you two could be reconciled.

But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. (Gal. 4:4-5, NLT)

Emmanuel will meet you where you are

Lift your head
Lift your heart
Emmanuel will meet you where you are
He knows your hurt
He knows your name
And you’re the very reason that He came

Somewhere in your silent night
Heaven hears the song your broken heart has cried
Hope is here, just lift your head
For love has come to find you
Somewhere in your silent night

Love will find you
Love will find you
Love will find you

You are not unlovable or unreachable. God knows your name and he knows where you are he will meet you right there. Somewhere in your silent night, in your self-pity and exhaustion, he will reach you. Rest in peace, love will find you.

Needless to say, I was lifted up. All will be well. Not perfect but just fine. Because I have Jesus in my heart, the Spirit of Christmas is with me wherever I go. And that means the party has already started. Hope has come. Also to you, my fellow pilgrim. Also to you.

Let us pray

Dear God,
Thank you for your love,
for sending Jesus to save us.
Remind all of us of the true meaning of Christmas.
Help us to believe that you truly will meet all of us somewhere in our silent nights.
Restore hope, faith, and love within us.
Come and start the celebration in the midst of our chaos.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

Q4U: How are your Christmas preparations coming along? Has the party already started for you? What’s your favorite Christmas song this year?

Be blessed my fellow pilgrim as you let Jesus to start the party within you!

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December 8, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Only Three Things Left to Do

Only three things to do: trust, hope, and loveDo you wish there was more time in a day? I do. The demands of everyday life are great. Sometimes I do wonder how we all manage to get by with all the things we are asked to do. Juggling seems to be the style of living for many of us, especially during these last weeks of the year. Life is meant to be enjoyed, people cherished, and God worshiped. How can we accomplish that when we rush through things and stress out everything?

Put God first…

So we all want to have peace, love, and harmony. How then do we get there? The trick here is to do something the world despises: we are to put ourselves last. It might seem like the worst idea ever but by putting God first something amazing happens: our world stops spinning. We are not alone anymore and God is in control of our lives. That realization releases so much energy from us that suddenly we can do anything through Christ who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13,*).

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. (1 Cor. 13: 12-13, MSG,*))

…and then there are only three things to do

As children of God, we are on our journey to God. Meanwhile, we are meant to live our lives with joy and thanksgiving. When we put God first there are only three things left to do: trust, hope, and love. And when we practice these three things, our life becomes less chaotic. By putting God first we start to trust when we don’t see things clearly, to hope when there is no big picture, and to love when nothing makes sense.

That’s why everything changes when we put God first. We are reminded that God is in control of our lives. Not us but God Almighty. When we trust, hope, and love, we are living out our faith in God. We will not be left alone in our troubles and we will not be disappointed or short-changed. God will guide us steadily, help us unswervingly, and sustain us extravagantly.

If we let him, God will take care of all of our needs. But not without our consent. Not with our permission. Because God is love. And there’s nothing better than that. There’s nothing greater than God. Not the demands of our lives, not the challenges of our lives, not the hardships we face. Nothing compares to God. Nothing. Thanks be to God!

 

Gracious God,
Come!
Enable us to trust and fully surrender to you.
Restore our hope to you each morning.
Fill our hearts with your love.
Equip us to trust, hope, and love
just like you.
Live in us, bring us home to you.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: How do you manage your everyday life?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you navigate through the demands of everyday life. Don’t forget to leave your baggage at the foot of the Cross and pick up trust, hope, and love!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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December 5, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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We Need Jesus for Unity and Peace

We need Jesus for unity and peaceAre you craving for unity and peace? Yet you don’t know how to go about it? Especially among your own extended family or workplace? Isn’t it sometimes so hard? And don’t let me start talking about world peace or the lack of it. Or how about the unity among believers? Sigh. My response is ‘Come, Lord Jesus’ and I realize that Jesus really is the answer to unity and peace. How to go about it in our everyday life?

We need Jesus for unity and peace

We need to have peace within before we can have peace with others for sure. Only when we are filled with grace, we can be gracious to others. But what to do then? How do we live in unity and peace?

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. (Phil. 2:1-3, NLT)

I’ve always agreed with these verses. My thoughts have been like ‘What a beautiful sentiment’. But, lately, I’ve learned something else about particularly the last verse. It is the very foundation of unity and peace. This is how we reach unity and peace in our everyday life. This is the Jesus way to live. And that’s always the ultimate way whether we believe it or not. The Jesus way leads to wanted results, to unity and peace.

Humbleness is the key

As the third verse proclaims, we are to be humble. That’s something very foreign in today’s ‘me-me-me’ culture. Selfishness is the promoted way in this world. Yet, it is the sinful way. That’s why we are asked to do something countercultural here. Being humble really seems to be the way to unity and peace. If we think we are/know better than the others, we won’t find unity or peace. If we approach others humbly, thinking of others as better than ourselves, we have the recipe for unity and peace in our hands.

Think other denominations – for example – as better than yours and you’re taking strides forward in the process of unity and peace, the very think Jesus prayed before he was crucified for all of us. I feel a tuck in my heart and the Holy Spirit tells me this is true, this is the way to go. So I commit to practicing this in my life and I invite you to do the same. I know it is impossible for us on our own. But God has promised his grace to empower us. Hence there’s no excuse to not to try it and stick to it. And this practice will, most likely, change our lives. Here’s to unity and peace!

 

Gracious God,
You are calling us to unity and peace,
you’re even providing everything needed,
yet we want our own way.
Forgive us!
Teach us what it means to live humbly with you.
Show us how to put others before ourselves.
Empower us with your grace to live in unity and peace.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What do you think? Could thinking of others as better than yourselves be the secret to unity and peace?

Be blessed my fellow pilgrim as you start practicing humility in your everyday life!

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December 1, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Near to God

Draw near to God - flowingfaith.comOne of the blessings Jesus gave us was the direct access to God. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we can be made right with God. Hence, we are welcome to draw near to God. Our sins have been and will be forgiven so we can boldly approach God. There’s nothing that can ever separate us from God but us. If we do not draw near to God, we will miss out all the good things. We can choose to stay away but because of Jesus nothing or nobody can keep us away.

Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment]. (Hebr. 4:16, AMP,*)

Draw near to God

There’s nothing better in my book than being near to God. It’s our privilege as his children and what a glorious privilege it is. When we draw near to God, we are blessed. In God’s presence, we can enjoy who he is: love, joy, and peace everlasting.

Drawing near to God is what we are all called to do. God wants to fellowship with us, he wants us to enjoy his company. This is Christian living. If we do not want to spend time with Jesus, we need to ask ourselves whether we are Christians or not. The Bible urges us to draw near to God over and over again.

We are not saved to do as we please but we are saved to be able to do what God wants us to do: to draw near to God, to spend time with him, to share everything with him. And when we are filled with his grace, we are sent to go out and love others as he has first shown us how.

It’s your choice

Ultimately, it’s your choice because Christ opened the way to God. Now it’s your choice to draw near to God or keep away. I strongly urge you to draw near to God. Because God is everything you could ever want or need. You see, he is the giver of life and love. It’s all yours if we want it. I do. How about you?

Gracious God,
Forgive us for forgetting life is not about us.
Thank you for sending Jesus to clear the way back to you.
Draw us near to you.
Show us how sweet it is to live with you.
Bless us, Lord. Bless us with your presence.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

 

Q4U: Do you choose to draw near to God?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you draw near to God daily!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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November 28, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Persevere in Faith

Persevere in faith - flowingfaith.comHearing God’s voice or experiencing his presence is beyond wonderful. But there are times in all of our lives when God is silent and feels distant. It’s not fun but it does not mean that God would not love us anymore. We need to know that the promises of the Bible are valid each of us every day. Not just on those days when we can feel it but also – especially – when we feel desperate and alone. That’s when we need to persevere in faith.

You need to endure so that you can receive the promises after you do God’s will.
         
 3In a little while longer, the one who is coming will come and won’t delay; 
          38 but my righteous one will live by faith, and my whole being won’t be pleased with anyone who shrinks back.
39 But we aren’t the sort of people who timidly draw back and end up being destroyed. We’re the sort of people who have faith so that our whole beings are preserved. 
(Hebrews 10:36-39, CEB)

Persevere in Faith

Life is tough and enduring is harder than we think. But don’t choose the easiest solution but the best. Choose the everlasting joy because life is not about instant gratification. It’s an endurance race and there will be times when we feel God is silent and far away. And those times might even be the toughest stretches of our path. Those are the times when we just need to press on and trust God to get us through. Because he will.

How then can we persevere in faith? The same way we are saved: by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. We persevere in faith by grace. Because God’s grace is more powerful than anything. That’s why we can trust God in tough spots and when he is silent. By faith we press on even when nothing makes sense to us. We don’t quit because God is alive even when he is silent. And we persevere in faith because the Word of God is not just ‘once spoken’ but is ‘still speaking’. So don’t keep your Bible shut, let it speak to you and empower you to persevere in faith.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for providing us everything to persevere in faith.
Empower us to endure when times get tough.
Strengthen our faith to thrive in all situations.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: How do you persevere in faith? What are your best tips for Christian living?

Be blessed my fellow pilgrim as you embrace God’s grace for your faith journey!

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November 24, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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The Best Bargain of All

The Best Deal Ever - flowingfaith.comSometimes we overlook things that we are familiar with. We are more excited about things that seem to be exotic. Like Christianity might feel boring to you if you’ve grown up with it. You look into mindfulness to look for peace and you forget that the prince of peace is Jesus himself. You forget that he gave his all that we could have all. That’s the best bargain of all.

You are familiar with the generosity of our Master, Jesus Christ. Rich as he was, he gave it all away for us—in one stroke he became poor and we became rich. (2 Cor. 8:9, MSG,*)

The best bargain of all

Black Friday deals want you to believe they’re the best bargain of all. But nothing you hunt down today (or in your lifetime) will ever beat what the original black Friday (Good Friday) brought us: 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,*)

Jesus died on the cross for all your sins (100%) so you could have eternal life for free (-100%). There will never be a better bargain. I hope you do not overlook it but receive it with gladness. And, please, do not shelf the gift but use it daily. I guarantee nothing will ever make you happier.

 
Gracious God,
Thank you for sending Jesus,
the best bargain of all.
Enable us to see the value of your gift.
Show us how to use it daily.
In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen

Q4U: Have you embraced the best bargain of all?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you celebrate Jesus every day of your life!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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November 21, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Thanksgiving Prayers

Thanksgiving Prayers - flowingfaith.comThanksgiving is not something we do once a year, it’s a way of life for Christians. Every breath we take is a gift from God. Hence, thanksgiving prayers are a natural part of communicating with God. Our prayers don’t need to be eloquent but sometimes we are looking for some depth or inspiration and then the prayers uttered by saints gone before us can do the trick. Here I have my favorite thanksgiving prayers for you to enjoy and share.

Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name.
Let all that I am praise the Lord;
    may I never forget the good things he does for me.
He forgives all my sins
    and heals all my diseases.
He redeems me from death
    and crowns me with love and tender mercies.
He fills my life with good things.
    My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!
(Psalm 103:1-5, NLT)

Thanksgiving Prayers…

We render unto thee our thanksgiving,
O Lord our God,
Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
by all means, at all times, in all places;
for that thou hast sheltered, assisted, supported,
and led us on through the time past of our life and brought us to this hour.
And we pray and beseech thee,
O God and loving Lord,
grant us to pass this day, this year, an all the time of our life without sin,
with all joy, health, and salvation.
(Liturgy of St. Mark, second century)

O God our Father,
we would thank thee for all the bright things of life.
Help us to see them, and to count them,
and to remember them,
that our lives may flow in ceaseless praise;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
(J.H. Howett, 1846-1923)

…continue forevermore

Almighty God,
more generous than any father, we stand amazed at the many gifts you shower upon us.
You give freely and willingly, always with regard to our ability to receive.
You give daily gifts teaching us to trust you for tomorrow.
You give us gifts through one another, so that we may learn to share.
You give through our own effort, respecting our independence.
How thoughtfully you offer all your gifts!
So continue, Lord, of your goodness.
(author unknown)

O my adorable and loving Savior,
consume my heart with the burning fire with which Yours is aflamed.
Pour down on my soul those graces which flow from Your love.
Let my heart be united with Yours.
Let my will be conformed to Yours in all things.
May Your will be the rule of all my desires and actions.
Amen
(Gretrude of Thuringen, 1253-1302)

Almighty God:
We are so blessed.
Thank for this food.
And for this splendid family
that you have gathered here today.

Lord, we know that everything we have
Is from you.
And that everything we are
Is from you.

Indeed, Lord-
We are so blessed.
And we are very, very thankful.
Amen
(John N. Todd III)

Let us pray

Our heavenly father,
We want to join the saints gone before us
and give our thanks to you.
Thank you for saving us, loving us, caring for us.
There’s no better father than you.
We are so utterly blessed to be your children.
Be praised forever and ever!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: What’s in your Thanksgiving prayers?

Be blessed my fellow pilgrim as you thank God for your blessings! Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!

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November 17, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Leave Excuses Behind

Leave excuses behind - flowingfaith.comWednesday night I was teaching a class about how faith can help us in tough times. While I was teaching I realized how much we really miss out if we keep on making excuses for why we are not getting to know God better. God can be everything we ever need and more. Yet, we prefer to struggle on our own. Why is that? It’s our loss for sure. But, also, living that way does not prepare us to heaven either. It’s time to leave excuses behind and really get to know God. Because God can be everything you need him to be for you. God can fill your every need if you let him show you who he is.

And now, children, stay with Christ. Live deeply in Christ. Then we’ll be ready for him when he appears, ready to receive him with open arms, with no cause for red-faced guilt or lame excuses when he arrives. (1 John 2:28, AMP,*)

Leave excuses behind

The only way to be ready for Jesus when he arrives is to live deeply in Christ. If you say you’re a friend of Jesus but don’t spend time with him, your life is a string of excuses. William Edwin Sangster has said, “How shall I feel at the judgment, if multitudes of missed opportunities pass before me in full review, and all my excuses prove to be disguises of my cowardice and pride?” Ouch. That’s not what I want. How about you?

It’s time to leave excuses behind, don’t you think? They are disguises of cowardice and pride anyway. It’s time to leave our excuses at the feet of the cross. Only God can create something beautiful out of them. One of the lies that keep us away from God is the belief that God is not all that we need. We think God is only for our spiritual needs. But we could not be more wrong.

God can be your everything

Why don’t we want to know who God really is? Sure, the idea can be overwhelming. But God loves us and wants to take care of us. His intentions are the very best, the Bible tells us so. God can be everything you need him to be for you. He can fill your every need if you let him.

We are invited to this amazing journey to God’s heart. There’s nothing better. Let’s not deny God this joy. And let’s not deny ourselves that joy. No more lame excuses. From here on out we will stay with Christ day in and day out and welcome God to show us who he really is. We will be amazed. So amazed.

 

Gracious God,
Forgive us our all our excuses for not spending time with you.
Show us your heart, teach us what it is like to be loved by you.
Thanks for being bigger and more awesome than we can ever imagine.
Help us to dare find out all you are.
Fill our needs, Lord.
Be our everything.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Are you ready to leave excuses behind and embrace God for all he is?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you open your heart for all who God is!

* [As you might have noticed, I enjoy reading the Bible in different translations and love comparing them. I have started linking the Bible verses toBiblegateway.com so you can easily read (and compare) them in the different versions I’ve used while preparing each post.].

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November 14, 2017
by Mari-Anna Stålnacke @flowingfaith
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Death as the Doorway to Eternity

Death as the doorway to eternityLife is complicated, isn’t it? When you feel you’re getting hang of it, something happens and everything changes and you’re once again trying to cope. You don’t know how long you will live either. Life sure is unpredictable. When you’re young, life seems endless but the older you get, the shorter life seems to become. What to do then? How do you handle aging? Is death something that will take away all your fun or could it be something more positive? Like a doorway to eternity?

For to me, to live is Christ [He is my source of joy, my reason to live] and to die is gain [for I will be with Him in eternity]. (Phil. 1:21, AMP)

Death as the doorway to eternity

If we view death as the doorway to eternity, everything changes. Then we don’t need to be afraid of death and aging. Instead, death is a new beginning full of promises. Death is not anymore a necessary evil but a welcome home sign.

So it does matter on which our life centers. We might think we are centered on life when we center on collecting treasures for our own benefit on earth. But that is actually the road further away from life.

“Do not store up for yourselves [material] treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal;21 for where your treasure is, there your heart [your wishes, your desires; that on which your life centers] will be also. (Matt. 6:19-21, AMP)

Death is gain

Randy Alcorn has said “He who lays up treasures on earth spends his life backing away from his treasures. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity; he’s moving daily toward his treasures. To him, death is gain.”

How much would it ease our fears to embrace death as the doorway to eternity? It’d help us to focus on things that last forever. Then collecting stuff would not interest us. Instead, we’d be eager to fill our lives with hope, faith, and love. We would not be afraid of death and aging. Death as the doorway to eternity will finally fully open up the reality of God to us. Then it’s not just glimpses of heaven anymore. It’s total bliss forever more.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for reminding us to live for eternity
not just for some brief years here on earth.
Help us to live eternity in our hearts
so we could focus on what matters
and lay up treasures in heaven.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you see death as the end or as the doorway to eternity?

Be blessed my fellow pilgrim as you embrace death as the doorway to eternity!

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