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Betwixt

January 12, 2007

If logic was my god, I would be in bed now and would post this in the morning.  Of course, if logic was my god, I would probably be writing a post explaining how tens of millions of years ago, a few of the reptiles grew tired of walking around and so they sprouted wings and began flying.  (The tricky part was instilling this trait into the DNA code.)  That sounds ridiculous of course, but such is the nature of logic in these times.  This has nothing to do with what’s on my heart at the moment.  I was just on www.cumby.wordpress.com where he’s written a post that deals with evolution.  It’s definately worth a visit. 

II Timothy 4:6-8  “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them that love his appearing.”

This was on my mind a lot this evening.  The moment of our departure; be it via the grave or through the air.  The moment when the final page of the final chapter of our lives is completed and our time here is finished.  Like most saints, I long to be absent from the body and present with the Lord Jesus.  This is the glorious hope that I first came to partake of on a seemingly uneventful friday morning in September of 1983.  It was the day when I met Jesus and the course of my life for all of eternity was changed.   I have thought about how the angels rejoice over a sinner coming to repentance more than 99 just persons who need no repentance.  A person who is saved already is just that; already in the household of faith.  But on the day when we come to repentance (true repentance) it’s the day where we awakened that morning, a passenger on a train steaming toward hell, and went to bed that evening on the train that’s bound for glory.  A salvation that’s nearer now than when we first believed and as such, our longing for home grows ever stronger.  An everlasting habitation wherein dwells righteousness. 

When you think about the world to come; when your heart is there and not here, it’s only natural to desire to be there.  A desire that at times can be so strong that it’s almost painful.   A desire to be with the Lord Jesus, who knocked on the door of your heart when you were totally undone and contrary to everything that is God.  The one who went to an old rugged cross when you were totally undone and contrary to everything that is God.  He who purchased you with his own innocent blood when you were totally undone and contrary to everything that is God.  Jesus Christ, who has gone to prepare a place for you and has promised to return for you; even though you were totally undone and contrary to everything that is God.  It’s a topic for a future post, but no flesh is going to glory in the presence of God.  All of us deserve eternal seperation from God and it’s only through the precious blood of Jesus Christ that we can have eternal life.  Such an awesome salvation and such an awesome Savior we have in Jesus. 

Philippians 1:21-24  “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.  But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.”

Paul desired nothing more than to be present with Jesus, but also desired to remain here and strive to establish the churches.  A person living in the 21st century can’t fully grasp this concept and why it weighed so heavily on Paul.  The towns in those days didn’t have a cozy church on every corner with padded pews.  In those days, it was quite normal to worship mother earth, the heavenly host, carvings of wood or stone, the queen of heaven, the god of forces, Zeus, Pan, Jupiter, Diana, and almost anything that one could choose to be the recipient of their worship.  These early christians had come out of every form of paganism and occultism that one can imagine.  The churches were growing as more and more of these folks were now made free by the blood of Jesus and Paul cared deeply for them; lest the temptor deceive them and they begin to drift back into the bondage of sin. 

Such is the case with us today.  If you love the Lord Jesus, you will have an unquenchable desire to be with him.  You’ll ponder about the time when he appears.  The more that you love him, the more pondering that you’ll find yourself doing.  The frivilous things of this life will become ever more irrelevant as your longing to be with the Lord grows.  And yet, we all know people who don’t share in this glorious hope.  Folks who are either too busy with their careers, too busy with their passtime, too caught up in the temporal world down here to even think about such things.  We strive to do everything possible, along with unceasing prayer, that they will come to repentance. 

The day of the Lord is a great and terrible day.  Great for those standing here who know Jesus and are watching.  Terrible for those who have rejected him and chosen to follow a lie instead.  As much as I long to be out of here, I praise God for each day that remains.  Fiest of all, I’m certain that somewhere a soul will be saved each day that things remain.  Second, each day that remains gives us an opportunuity to be a blessing to someone.  To share the love of Christ with others and bid them “come and join us.”  “There’s room at the Cross for You”  There’s room at the cross for anyone who desires Gods gift of salvation.  If you have never accepted Jesus Christ s your Savior, he’s knocking at this moment.  Pleading for you to come home before it’s eternally too late.   

As you watch current events unfold, the turmoil in the middle east, nuclear proliferation, the social fabric coming apart at the seams, evil men and seducers waxing worse and worse, climate changes as the whole creation groans and travails, and a host of issues too numerous to mention, it becomes obvious that the end of the age is upon us. Truly, our salvation is nearer than when we first believed and our Lord Jesus is soon to appear.  It’s my fervent prayer that every saint would be watching and praying fervently as scripture is coming to pass.  That we all would get in so close to the Lord, that nothing will shake us.

Oftentimes in the middle of the night, as it currently is here in Michigan, I find myself looking out the kitchen window off to the southwest.  Occasionally, on cloudy nights, you can see a faint glow from the lights of Elkhart Indiana just above the woods, that lie just beyond the field to our south.  I find myself asking the question that’s been asked ever since the captivity of Zion.  “How long O Lord?  How long before this peace and safety erupts into chaos such as the earth has never seen?”  Such times are right around the corner and I pray that we would all do everything we can while time remains.  I need to close this for now.  Such talk about the end of days can be troubling to some.  There are ever so many scriptures tellikng us to not fear the things that are happening here but I’ll close out with this one:

Deuteronomy 31:6  “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them:  for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

Praise God for his word that endures forever.

   

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5 comments

  1. Thanks for the link mention, my brother! While I can come up with some controversial writings at times, you should seriously consider writing a book, if you haven’t already.

    Your poetic style is easy on the eyes, deep on touching spiritual matters, and has a flow to it that is definitely a gift from the Lord. Remember now, according to scripture, that we are forbidden to flatter one another. 😀


  2. Good post and oh one is stirred by it as the reflection of being absent from the body only to b present with he who is our life, breath and eternity.

    Thank you from one who longs for his appearing to another.

    Blessings in Christ Jesus!


  3. Greetings–

    I’m taking you up on your invitation to post here as well. I suspect soon we’ll lose track of where we’re answering each other’s posts — that’s why I tried to keep everything in one location. But we’ll see.

    I wanted to give my perspective on your post here. You observe, “As you watch current events unfold, the turmoil in the middle east, nuclear proliferation, the social fabric coming apart at the seams, evil men and seducers waxing worse and worse, climate changes as the whole creation groans and travails, and a host of issues too numerous to mention, it becomes obvious that the end of the age is upon us.” I’d say that’s certainly one possibility. But not necessarily obvious, and since cultures have risen and fallen throughout history, it’s much more likely from my viewpoint that the U.S. will simply continue to lose status and power in world affairs as it weakens from within. Christians have anticipated the return of Jesus for two thousand years, yet he himself reminds his followers that no one knows the time. One of the drawbacks of such a view from my viewpoint is that if you believe that Jesus is coming and that the end of the world is near, you’re less likely to do anything about the condition of the world. From my perspective, that’s not being a good steward of what we’ve been given.

    It’s also easy to mistake the decline of one nation or culture for the first signs of Christian apocalypse. From within the Roman world, things must have looked terrible as the government became more corrupt, decadence spread, and invaders ravaged a formerly strong empire. From our vantage point in the 21st century, it’s not too surprising that these things happened. I agree that the Romans brought them on themselves, just like I certainly agree that the U.S. is similarly bringing on its own troubles. We agree on the symptoms, just not the prognosis. From my perspective, that’s simply karma. We reap and sow, and learn, though sometimes very slowly. As I see it, apocalypse short-circuits the possibility for learning, which is why we’re here. Its timing also seems utterly arbitrary, which is why — again, I’m not trying to be disrespectful, but simply to give my perspective — it hasn’t happened, and won’t in any foreseeable future. This earth-as-classroom is simply an excellent chance for us to learn how much suffering we cause when we violate spiritual law.

    I’ll stop here for now. Keep in touch.

    Blessings,

    Druidyear


  4. It would be a life altering experience if one were to look at things like “the end of an age” SYMBOLLICALLY as opposed to literally. There have been many “ages” in the history of humankind and the Universe as whole. It is only within very recent time (2000+ years) that some have proceeded blindly on the assumption that words written by men are all to be taken literally. Words are symbollic by their very nature.

    It is my heartfelt prayer to God that this ‘age’ will end! End soon! And with the ending, a new beginning – one where True Unity and Unconditional Love for all will be experience. The Christ Consciousness….the Prince of Peace….COME!


  5. Thanks for sharing!



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