The Bible says we are to be in the world not of the world. We are here whether we like it or not. All we can do is choose what to do with the time we are given. I want to go home as much as anyone, but I don’t get to decide when I go. Only God knows that. So what should we do with the time we have? Luke 12:33 says Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. What that’s saying is live life for God and not yourself. Everything in this world will be gone soon and all your money, cars, TV’s and computers will be no more. Don’t live for the trappings of this world. John 18:26 says Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” Don’t get to protective of what you think is yours, because it’s really not. The only thing you can keep is your heavenly treasure. How many jewels do you want on your crown?
I will receive my first degree black belt next week (if I don’t fail the test) and even though it has taken 6 years and 9 months of my life to get what does it do for me in eternity? Is God going to say, Wow Josh, you got a black belt. For that you get more eternal reward. I don’t think so. In fact I know so. I want to be loved by the Lord. Oh wait, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. You all know where that is in the bible so I don’t need to put the reference. I am loved and so are you. Lets break that verse down. For God so loved the world. Lets break it down even more. For God so loved Josh, Jenny, Scott, Rose, Daniel, and Stephanie. He loves everyone so much that he gave his one and only Son to save us. What if you had a son? Would you just give him up? That was an amazing act of love that we didn’t deserve.1 John 4:19 says We love Him because He first loved us.
May God bless you and keep you.