Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

10 June 2012

Packed up and ready to go

How many Christians live their lives packed up and ready to go?  There is no mystery about it; common sense should tell us.  Be wholly committed to Christ's service  every day.  Don't touch sin with a barge-pole.  Keep short accounts with God.  Think of each hour as God's gift to you, to make the most and best of.  Plan your life, budgeting for seventy years (Ps. 90:10), and understanding that if your time proves shorter that will not be unfair deprivation but rapid promotion.  Never let the good, or the not-so-good, crowd out the best, and cheerfully forgo what is not the best for the sake of what is.  Live in the present; gratefully enjoy its pleasures and work through its pains with God, knowing that both the pleasures and the pains are steps on the journey home.  Open all your life to the Lord Jesus and spend time consciously in His company, basking in and responding to His love.  Say to yourself often that every day is one day nearer.  Remember that, as George Whitefield said, man is immortal till his work is done (though God alone defines the work), and get on with what you know to be God's task for you here and now. 

Said Paul: 'The time has come for me to be gone.  I have fought the good fight to the end; I have run the race to the finish; I have kep the faith; all there is to come now is the crown of righteousness reserved for me, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that Day; and not only to me, but all those who have longed for his Appearing.' (2 Timothy 4:6-8, JB)

Urged Peter: ' For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love...make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.' (2 Peter 1:5-7, 10-11, NIV)

That's the way.

The very last page of 18 Words: The Most Important Words You Will Ever Know from the chapter called "Death" by my new friend JI Packer.  So very encouraging. 

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