Preparing for Eternity
Here we are…coming down to the last few weeks of 2010. The passages for today give me a clear look into why it is so important to recognize and acknowledge that the end is near and we have no time like the present to prepare ourselves for that time.
I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you…He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
How could I review these passages and not be reminded yet again that a wishy washy faith that tries to play the game of having one foot in eternity and one foot in the world…just doesn’t cut it for a life that’s intended for glory. That when preparing for a marathon…I can’t train like I’ve already won. That I can’t live with bipolar commitments.
I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.
It’s horrifying to me to think that God would rather me walk a faith turned completely cold to Him over a life that makes a halfhearted pursuit. If that doesn’t present perspective to the preparation set before me…nothing will.
You can see this same idea laid out early in Jesus’ ministry. He enters the temple…a temple built to glorify God. It was built for a single purpose…built in supreme architectural excellence to point to the singular God of the universe. Instead it was being used for a substitute God. It was drawing attention to trinkets and profit of man. Jesus couldn’t stand a soiling of the place meant to glorify Him…and Him alone. A lukewarm temple is not a temple God desires to encounter.
And to those that were selling the doves He said, “Take those things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.”
Yes we are coming down to the last few weeks of 2010, but with that finale…we have a beginning. We have the birth of our Savior to reflect upon and accept as the strength and power for our transformation. Just as Jesus presented the best wine for the end of the party through transformation (John 2:10), He desires our best to come from the transformation of us.
Let my life be a transformation in preparation for eternity. Let my God speak to me the words I long to hear…
Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.