Far Far AwayFebruary 15, 2007
Daniel 12:3 “And they that be wise shall shine as the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever.”
Revelation 22:5 “And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”
If there’s one challenge that’s quite possibly greater than all of the rest, it’s the challenge of “watching.” Of staying focused on the race that is before us and the promises that await those who love the Lord Jesus. For the most part, we know the mechanics. We know the importance o staying in fervent prayer and staying in the word of God continually. We know the urgency of the hour and the need to reach all that we can reach with the good news that Jesus died for their sins and that eternal life is a gift; theirs for the asking. We know that Jesus is soon to return and that every eye shall behold him. It is our most glorious hope and that for which we daily find ourselves asking “How long O Lord?” We rejoice with a supernatural “joy unspeakable” when we think about this mortality putting on immortality. Being forever with the Lord Jesus who gave his life for us, rose from the dead three days later, and is returning in an hour when we think not.
I Thessalonians 4:16-18 “For the lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of god: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
The most comforting portion of the above passage is “so shall we ever be with the Lord.” From that moment on, there will never be another moment when we will be somewhere other than where theLlord Jesus is. Never again to have our sweet fellowship during prayer interrupted by the affairs of this life. No more asking the question “How long o Lord?” No more tears, no more heartache, no more being pressed beyond measure, no more infirmities, no more disappointments handed to us by the agents of this life, no more lonely nights, and no more traumatic days.
These things are spoken so often that we run the danger of becoming “dull of hearing” concerning them. If we’re not careful, they can become mere words as time moves increasingly faster and we must continuously put more effort into keeping up with it. Moments to “be still and know that he is God” are too often consumed by matters which are, in many instances, frivilous, or having no bearing on those things which really count. Or many times, important matters, requiring our immediate attention will call out to us when we really need some time alone with God. If we’re not careful we can lose the vision; become overcharged by the affairs of this life or become “mechanical” in our faith, much like the Ephesians of Revelation 2:1-6. These are very real dangers and they’re one reason, I think as to why I continuously talk about the world to come. That we would all keep a proper perspective on things.
Far far away. These are the words often used to tell of a land in the realm of fiction where the most fantastic events can take place. It serves to transport one from the here and now into another “dimention” so to speak. In the world of make believe, it serves to entertain; to cause one to set aside, for a span of time, their earthly cares. We indeed have a kingdom, however, this kingdom is very real. It abides far far away from this world of shifting sands and hollow promises. A place residing just beyond time and space that’s so incredible, it escapes the grasp of earthly sentances. A heavenly realm where a great cloud of witnesses who have passed this way before us, await our arrival. A land where we will never again be separated from our Lord, Jesus Christ, who paid for our sins with his own blood. Nor will we ever again be separated from each other.
This post contains both familiar verses and familiar sounding paragraphs. Nothing new; only an encouragement to stay with the journey and to not faint. Truly, now is our salvation nearer than we first believed. I pray that our vision of the world to come would be so clear, that it causes us to not only earnestly desire to be present with the Lord but to be busy with the tasks at hand; that of being ambassadors for Christ.
II Timothy 4:5-8 “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. 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 also that love his appearing.’