It’s Going to Be Ok

I saw a cool thing yesterday about perspective. It talked about how vast the universe is and how truly small we are. It shows the earth in comparison to other planets, then the sun; then the sun compared to other stars. Then our galaxy. Then the knives.

It is truly mind-blowing to see how amazingly big the universe is, and yet how small we are in comparison. It really gives you some perspective than things are different that what we may think that they are.

Today in our reading, we kind of see the same thing with James 4: 13-14. Listen to what it says:

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.

4189047064_67999aecfeThe thing that you are worried about. That thing. That think that is consuming you. That is robbing your joy; robbing your peace; taking over.

Let me ask you. How important is it really? Stop right now, and ask yourself that question. How important is it really?

Will it be as important tomorrow? Next week? Next month? Next year? A year from now?

It’s going to be ok. Really. It is. No matter what. It is. There is a huge, mighty God that made all of this that we see, all that is going on, all that is around us. Made it all.

And He wants to know you.

Today, remember. This life is just a glimpse in eternity. Don’t be consumed by this moment. Don’t be consumed by this problem. Don’t be consumed by this circumstance.

It’s going to be ok. It is. Remember there’s a God that is bigger than us, stronger than us, mightier than us.

And He loves us.

Trust Him today. Trust Him for eternity. It’s going to be ok.

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Glory (SOAP)

Today, we’ll take a look at John 17:1-5.

S – scripture

Remember to ready slowly.  Pay attention to what you are doing.  Focus.  Listen.  Calm your soul.  In this moment, tune out the world, and listen for what God wants to say to you in His word.

John 17:1-5:

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed.

glory-sunshine-from-the-edge_1152x864_71915O – observation

Jesus’ desired to glorify the Father

Jesus desired to glorify the Father.  There were many reasons why Jesus came to earth.  To die for our sins. To defeat the power of the devil.  To show the depth of God’s love for us.  To show the church how we should care for the ones that are forgotten.  To show us that no one is unloved. Many, many reasons.

But, one of the main reasons, we see over and over again, is to give glory to God the Father.  The Son desires for the Father to be praised, to be loved, to be honored.  Jesus says this – in this moment that is beginning, may you receive glory. All things work for the glory of God, even the cross.  Jesus knew that. And He teaches us that.

Eternal life is knowing God

Jesus asks the Father that we many know eternal life, and that life is knowing the Father, and the Son that He sent.  Heaven will be many things, but above all, in heaven, we will know God fully, as He has fully known us (1 Corinthians 13).  Heaven isn’t just to come, but through knowing God, we can taste it right now, through His grace.  When we experience something powerful, something holy, something good, that’s a taste of heaven.

Jesus wants us to know that.  Jesus tells us, that is what eternal life is, at it’s most full, knowing God.  So, eternal life is not just a “future” thing, but it’s also a “right now” thing.  For those of us that know God, we don’t have have to wait to know things that are eternal, we can know them, right now, in this moment.

Jesus is God

It says in this text that Jesus will know the presence of God, as He knew before the world was created.  In the Bible, glory is the essence of who God is.  So, Jesus knew God’s essence, in John 1, it says that was with God, and was God.  Jesus Christ is God.  He is part of the glorious Trinity, the very being of who God is.  Jesus wasn’t just a good man.  He wasn’t just a good teacher.  He was God.  You must know this.  You must understand this.  He is God.

And He died and rose again to save us.  And life is found only through Him.

A – application

If Jesus desired to give glory to God in all things, do I?

Jesus Christ knew that part of His purpose on the earth was to give glory to the Father. That was part of what He was here to do.  What about us?  If that was part of what Jesus desired to do, what about me and you?

Do we desire to give God glory through our work?  Our families?  Our faith?  Our hobbies?  Our everything?  Jesus came, for many reasons, but giving God glory was one of the main ones.  Today, do we desire to honor God and give God glory through everything?

How can I see glimpses of eternity today?

If eternal life is knowing God, today, we have eternal life.  It’s not just something that we look forward to, but its something that we can know, right now.  So, today, are you looking for heaven?  Are we aware of all the places, and all the ways, that we can see eternity?  Every movement of the spirit, ever act of grace, every time that God moves in our life, that’s a glimpse of heaven.

Today, are you just living life, or are you looking for heaven in every moment?

Have I given Jesus my all in all?

Jesus Christ is God.  He is part of the glorious Trinity.  He was there before the world was created, and all things were created through Him and for Him.  He is God Himself.  I don’t fully understand the beauty of the Trinity, but I know that it is true.  Jesus Christ is God.

Have we given Him our all in all?  Does He have our everything?  Does He have every bit of our lives?  Because that’s where peace and hope and life will come. Through giving Him our all.  Jesus is God. Do you honor and worship Him as such?

Does He fully have you?

P – prayer

Today, Blessed Father, may we glorify you in all that we do.  May we look for glimpses of heaven, in all of life, and my we give you our all in all. Today God, may we seek to give you glory, in all things.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

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Where is Your Treasure

What is the most important thing in your life?

Not what you would tell me is the most important thing in your life, or what you would tell someone else is the most important thing in your life.

But, what is the most important thing in your life today? What is actually first on your list today?

Listen to what Jesus says today in Matthew 6:19-21:

“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

He says store up treasures in heaven, where it can’t be taken. Why? Because where your treasure is, there is your heart.

In other words, are they important things in life things that are eternal anda will last, or are they things that are fleeting and will pass away?

The stuff of heaven are thing that really matter and will ground our life in God’s life – faith. Family. Church. Relationships God. Service. Life.

The stuff of earth will pass away. These are things that seem so important now, but what do the matter in scope of eternity – money. Success. Popularity. Material possessions. Stuff.

The stuff of earth, it is fleeting. The stuff of heaven, it lasts forever, and is truly life-giving.

Today, where is your treasure. Where it is will show where your heart is.

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A Taste of Eternity

One of the criticisms people can have of the church and of us as Christians sometimes is that we can be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.

We can focus on heaven to exclusion of other things.

Why work for change here upon the earth, when our reward is in heaven?

Why should we worry about the earth at all? Why should we try to change things at all. After all, this world is not our final destination.

Now, there is something to the notion that as Christians, this world is not our final home. This world is not our final security. This world is not our final hope.

Our final hope is in heaven.

Then, what is heaven?

Listen to what Jesus tells us in John 17: 1-3

When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent

We see here that knowing God as God, and His son Jesus Christ. That is eternal life. That is heaven.

In heaven, as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13, we know know God fully, as He fully knows us. We will have that full knowledge of God and of everything.

Well, that journey starts now. Through knowing God here, through our walk with Christ here, we get a foretaste of heaven.

This is enteral life. Know God. So, today, through our knowledge of God, we are getting a taste of eternity.

Today, live in that great, joyous knowledge. Today is a day of eternity. Today, let’s live in that power.

Where’s Your Head At?

One of the statements any ball player hears, and it’s one that I heard A LOT when I played ball, was where’s your head at? You’ll see a player out on the field, looking like they are thinking about everything under the sun, except the game, and then not be ready when something happens.

It’s cute when my 6-year-old is in the outfield picking flowers.

Not so cute when someone that’s been playing ball for years is just not paying attention.

Sometimes in life, in our walk with the Jesus, we have to ask ourself where is our head at? What are we thinking about? What are we focusing on? What is taking up the majority of our thoughts?

Listen to what Paul tells us in Colossians this morning:

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

Paul tells us to keep our heads on things above.  Set your sights on the realities of heaven. Focus on eternity and what will last forever.  What is hidden with Christ, but that is real.  It is what counts.  It is what matters most.

Your life is in Christ.  Do not forget that.

Even if things are bad, your life is in Christ.

Even in the midst of tragedy, your life is in Christ.

Even when friends betray you, your life is in Christ.

Even when you feel all alone, your life is in Christ.

Even when work or family or everything seems to fall down upon you, your life is in Christ.

Even when life is good and perfect and easy, your life is in Christ.

In the good, and in the bad, in the easy and in the hard, in the laughter, in the tears, in it all, your life is in Christ.

Never forget where your life is found.  Never forget where you need to keep your head at.  Never forget what truly matters.  Never forget your life. It’s found in Jesus.  At all times and in all things and at all places, it’s found in Jesus.

Never forget where life is found.