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False comfort

on February 9, 2015

“But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much,  that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)  For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus.  So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.

 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:4-10 (NLT)

On a flight recently, I heard the man a few seats over talking about his trip. He was going to visit his grandchildren in another state. He mentioned he didn’t fly much. In fact, he hadn’t flown in years. I heard him say he was 86 years old and that he’d remember something he learned that day for the next time he flew.

I had to wonder. There was a huge time gap between his trips and honestly, would he fly again? I also wondered if he ever thought about his own mortality? Was he saved?

Something about that man stayed with me after the flight. I think it was because I was in the middle of a potential health issue. With one outcome, depending on the severity, death was certainly a possibility. With the other, I would be cleared and fine. For several weeks, the answer remained a mystery as more tests were performed and diagnoses determined.

All the while, I prayed and wrestled for answers. A funny thing happened. God gave me peace. Peace with either outcome. If we were dealing with a potentially life-threatening condition, I was able to accept it and give God praise. If we weren’t, I would accept it as the blessing it is and give God praise.

In saying this, I also wonder how often we get too comfortable in thinking that death is “a long way off.” We fool ourselves into thinking that important decisions, like those impacting our eternal destiny, can be put off till another time in the future. We hear of deathbed confessions of faith and think, that’s what I’ll do. My friend, you don’t know that you will have that option. Something sudden and unexpected may pluck you from this earth and if you haven’t solidified once-and-for-all where your alliance is, you are in trouble. Because once you are gone, the Bible tell us, the decision is no longer yours or anyone else’s.

Jesus didn’t humble himself, come to Earth, suffer and die a sinner’s death because He needed to. He did it, willingly, because He chose to. He chose to bear the cost of OUR sin and die the death WE deserve in order that we might be made right in God’s eyes, eternally.

But, that said, He did it as a gift. And, as with any gift, you can’t earn it. You have to accept it and receive it, fully and completely.

Think about it and ask Him to open your eyes to your need for Him. Friends, we ALL have a limited time on this Earth. Not just the elderly or the terminally ill. All of us.

Get your future in order. The future that begins when you, too, leave this Earth.


One response to “False comfort

  1. Jeannie says:

    Once again Patti, you have Blessed me with your words and wisdom from our Heavenly Father! And… the thing of it is, this is all TRUTH which our only HOPE is thru JESUS! So enlightened with your writings and your Faith! Thank You! Jeannie

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