What man can live and never see death? Psalm 89:48 ESV.
No one leaves this planet alive. From the day we are born, it is a matter of time before our life will come to an end. The question is “what then?”
The fact remains, if there is no accountability or purpose for living, then anything goes. As Paul wrote in I Corinthians’ 15:32, “if the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” For if there is no divine reason for our existence, and our final breath leads us to the grave, then we might as well pursue every pleasure and selfish desire without the fear of any moral consequences. However, if there is a God, who created life with a greater purpose and will hold us accountable for our choices, then what does he expect from us?
The answer comes from not looking at life from a humanistic worldview, but from a greater perspective. That perspective is through the eyes of the Triune God himself. And we have been blessed by the same Creator with a Book that reveals God’s intent and purpose for humanity.
The Bible written by 40 different authors over a 1,500 year period leaves us with a vision that no Hollywood movie could ever duplicate. Starting with Jesus Christ, who is the central figure of all mankind, retracing history back to the beginning with the first couple, and moving forward with a climatic establishment of the merger of eternity with earth, we capture a small glimpse of God’s divine purpose.
This life isn’t about accumulating more toys than the next person. It is not about the achievement of our happiness or goals. It is not even about living the perfect moral life. God in his all encompassing love is simply enlarging his family.
Through and in Jesus Christ you and I have been adopted into the divine family. Though we have not yet been fully birth, we are residing in the spiritual embryonic stage. We are matrimonially engaged to Jesus Christ. We are being molded and prepared for eternity to serve in the Family Business. Our marketplace is now limited to the planet earth. In the new age, the entire universe will be our playground.
Our purpose today is simply to learn to abide in Christ. To learn to trust the Triune God in our daily affairs. To walk through the challenges of everyday life in step with the Spirit. To allow Father-Son-Spirit to reproduce Himself in us. To become transformed into the image of Jesus Christ through His workmanship is the goal of this life. To strengthen the relationship bond between God and yourself is the end result.
This He does as we lean on Him. This He does as we walk with Him. This He does as we serve Him through our relationships, through our work, and through all our efforts.
Yes we shall all die to the flesh which we all once proud fully displayed. Yet we shall all be resurrected. A new body that combines the best of heaven and earth. That is the hope of glory Paul writes about in 1 Corinthians’ Chapter 15. Read it. Then reread it. Than infuse yourself into God’s work. Enjoy His creation. He made it to share with you. And yes, while you live life slowly physically dying, know that you are being held in the arms of a Fatherly God who loves you more than you will ever realize. That experience will only make you want more of Him as He prepares you for the next chapter into eternity.
Rooting For You in Christ!
Executive Director & Founder
Marketplace Bible Institute
& Resource Center, Inc
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