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Heaven: Guaranteed

Posted on Friday, January 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

As 2013 unfolds there are many uncertainties.

Some of the future prompts unrest like the concerns and fears surrounding congressional tax hikes, budget cuts and a “fiscal cliff.”

Some of the future prompts hope; after all, as a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan hope despite the past is burned into my DNA.

Some of the future prompts joy; like the joy felt by my friends Ben and Kristin Kindred who married Monday.

The future may be uncertain, but there are future dates scheduled:

On January 3rd the new Congress convenes.
On April 1st – April Fools Day – the Cubs resume playing.  [Insert jokes here]
On December 31st Ben and Kristen will celebrate their first anniversary.

We have hopes for the future.

Entertainment: Scheduled

To excite people about the future dates are set and publicized.

I love the Die Hard movies, and I hope A Good Day to Die Hard will be great in February.
I’m excited that Star Trek Into Darkness and Iron Man 3 are scheduled for a May release!

Many Johnny Depp fans might even have hope that watching Depp playing the Lone Ranger‘s Tonto this July makes sense.

None of them are guarantees, or certainties.

Heaven: Guaranteed

We may not know when to include heaven on our schedule, but we can trust the press release.  Before we enter eternity, God wants more of heaven’s values practiced here and now:

‘For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age‘ (This is a) robust grace … that both convicts and comforts! Let it convict you. If you ever catch yourself thinking, I can do whatever I want because God will forgive me, then grace is not happening to you. Selfishness, perhaps. Arrogance, for sure. But grace? No. Grace creates a resolve to do good, not permission to do bad.” 1

Embrace Grace

God wants more heaven on Earth this year, and God can use you to bring it.

“Think about grace. Study it. Understand it as God’s gift and very character. Be able to explain how essential God’s grace is to your eternal future, as well as to your everyday life.” 2
• God saves by grace (Ephesians 2:8–9).
• Those willing to follow God are “justified freely by God’s grace” (Romans 3:24; see Titus 3:7).
• God’s grace is sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:9).
• We are to boldly approach God – the throne of grace – in prayer (Hebrews 4:16).

God wants more heaven on Earth this year, and I want that to be on my schedule in 2013.

 

1 – From Grace by Max Lucado

2 – From More Than A Bucket List by Toni Birdsong

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