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Where Do We Go From Here?

For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies.

2 Corinthians 5:1-3 NLT

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth answered many question for that young body of believers and for us. Despite what current opinion may say this life is NOT all there is. Nor, do we, as spirit beings continually get recycled until we get it right.

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment  Hebrews 9:27 KJV

 That being said we come back to the question….Where do we go from here if death is not the end?

 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  2 Cor 5:8 KJV

Here, Paul tells us clearly that we step out of this skin and into eternity with the Lord (keeping in mind that he is speaking to fellow believers in the Lord Jesus Christ).  He goes on to tell us that along with this step into eternity and a new incorruptible body we get to answer for our actions while on this earth as believers (not for our actions or sins before we became believers because they are washed away by the blood of Christ).

 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 2 Cor 5:10 KJV

Always keeping in mind that our past sins are forgotten. Thrown into a sea of forgetfulness and cleansed by the blood of the Lamb so that these “good or bad” things refereed to here are weighed in the light of what good we did for the Kingdom of Christ or what bad (by inaction) we did. Not whether we sinned or not as believers.

 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 KJV

Choose Life

Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!  All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize.  So I run with purpose in every step. 1 Corinthians 9:22-26 NLT

 Sharing the good news with all the world is our only mission. it is all that we will be judged on and all that we will be rewarded for. Not our job, or position, or accumulated wealth, or our abject poverty, or our number of likes or friends or tweets.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. Heb 12:1 NLT

JESUS SAID “GO…..”

The Painter and the Mouse

I backed my van into the driveway next to a similar looking work truck. It had a sign on it advertising a nationwide paint brand and the name of a local painter. At the open back doors of this dusty van stood a small group of construction workers huddled around one guy sitting with something in his lap. Of course I had to see what was up. I drew close and heard one guy ask “Is it dead?” “well, it’s not moving.” answer another guy hammer and tool belt in hand. “no, no no. He’s just cold.” stated the big-fisted guy sitting with a shallow box on the lap of his white painter pants. Inside the box was a thumb-sized lump of grey in the form of a mouse. “you can see that he is breathing so he ain’t dead!” continued the caretaker as he fashioned a bed out of a clean rag around the little guy. As the group dispersed to get on with the remodeling project you could here them talking amongst themselves about the plight of this little creature who was clearly hanging on to life. Being the last to arrive I was the last to leave the scene but not before the painter looked away from his charge to sadly confess, “I almost stepped on him as I unload my truck. He’s cold and hunger and I just had to do something for him.”

The whole event was a study in contrasts. This burly guy and his huge truck compared with this tiny mouse and a cigar box makeshift bed. This business owner with a big life full of responsibilities and concerns compared to this new born rodent with only one worry – survive.

Not knowing the painter I would not speculate on his motivation for showing such concern for the mouse. Yet, I came away wondering if this act was what Jesus had in mind when He said – Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to ever creature. Mark 16:15 KJV

With Resurrection Sunday behind us and Mothers Day and Graduations coming up quickly it’s easy to just get on with life as usual. Even the Disciples went back to fishing before Jesus “sent them” with His mountain top speech prior to His Ascension. and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8b HCSB or, if I may paraphrase – you will show Me to those in your city, your State, the States around yours and even the entire world.

Really?! But how? By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:35 KJV

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As Spring rolls into Summer and Easter fades with the business of life – keep in mind – Jesus said – GO!