When Does This End?

 

Retro typewriter text the endI’ve watched movies before where I’m checking my watch to see when this dreadful experience will be over. I’ve been to church before and had the same experience – we are on a schedule and we must choose wisely where we spend the most valuable currency we have…our time. I just returned from vacation – several days by the lake enjoying the sunsets over the water. I am back in my more normal routines today.

As I read this passage in 1 Corinthians this morning, Paul was talking about how this all ends. He explained that this life is not the only life we live for or we are pitiful. He speaks frankly on the importance of eternal life and the significance of what Jesus did by His death on the cross. This life will end – but we have hope that the end of this life is not the end of it all – there’s more! Check this out…

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, “There is no resurrection of the dead”? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is in vain, and so is your faith.

20 But as it is, Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. 22 For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:12-14,20-22,56-58 CSB)

I still have work to do while I’m here on earth. I must be consistent and faithful in my pursuit of God’s heart not so that I can be saved, but because I am saved. I want to know Him more. I want to live in the hope that there’s so much more.

I heard a guy recently say that “none of us makes it out of this life alive (unless the Lord comes back)”, so we need to start living larger than just our plans and our simple existence. The end of this life comes for all of us at some point in time, but because of Jesus did come to earth, He did live a sinless life, He did die a sacrificial death on the cross, He did come back to life on the third day to conquer death once and for all. There is no need to fear. There is certainly ample reason for hope. I want to live my life for Him to the end of this life and the transition to my new life will be seamless!

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Trouble In Transition

 

Time to Move On Clock Acceptance Concede to ChangeA transition is a process of changing from one situation to another. Transitions include change and that’s not always easy. I can look back at some of the transitions in my life and to say they were difficult would be quite and understatement. There is the transition of going from being single to being married. There is a transition between the old job and the new job. There is the transition of becoming a parent for the first time. There are transitions along the way as the children grow up. Transitions are really part of my everyday life.

The children of Israel were facing a big transition from being slaves to Egypt to being free and on their own in the desert. (They were not on their own, because God was definitely with them.) As their new situation gets a bit hard, the people think what it’d be like to be back in Egypt with plenty of food with no freedom. They grumble to Moses and Aaron about the transition situation. Check this out…

1 The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt. 2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, ‘If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat round pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.’

4 Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. (Exodus 16:1-4 NIV)

I am learning in my journey with the Lord to trust in transition. I can’t always control the change/transition, so I must trust the Lord as I walk through it. I do know that some transitions are much bigger than others and some transitions are really scary. No matter how big or small the transition, I can trust the Lord through it. He will walk with me through the smallest transition to the largest transition. My faith has grown in leaps and bounds through transition, because I’ve simply had to trust the Lord with situations and conditions that I can’t control. If I’ve learned anything through the many transitions of my life, it’s to trust Him with the smallest of changes to the biggest of changes. He can handle anything. He can help me through anything. He is never too tired to work through a transition with me. He is never surprised with a transition. I’m going to keep trusting the Lord in the middle of the smallest to the largest transitions of life that I face.

Pressing On!

Dwayne