Revelations 21:5-7 ~ "It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega-the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children."
With the ending of another school year, comes another chapter of life for many of us. Graduations and retirements, children breaking for summer holidays, time slipping by as each of us grows closer to the grave. But as Christians we know that death is just another chapter ~ with Jesus there is life everlasting. I never understood the real meaning of eternal life ~ Life without death or illness, sadness. Is this life we wake to everyday just a learning lesson for what's to follow? "Trust in me", the Lord says ~ We are to have faith in Him and not in our circumstances. Many times I used to find myself wishing time away. Working for the weekend...working towards holidays...wishing that everyone was out of diapers, wishing to be done with the daily chores of this life. "Focus on me", the Lord says,"keep your eyes on me". Isn't this life our reality?
When I first started my relationship with Jesus, my eyes and ears were finally opened! This life here today will pass and only He can give us another day on this earth, just as many nations and lives have been here today and gone tomorrow. When we focus on Jesus and learn His words and who He is, our perception changes, our eyes are opened to more than this reality. Do I really trust the Lord? Learnig to trust Jesus and have Faith are two in one. Faith is believing in what's yet to happen, and trusting in Jesus and His promises that He gives to His children. When you ask Jesus to forgive your sins and you ask Him to be your personal saviour, a piece of His spirit comes and lives in your heart and you become a child of God ~ thus, giving you eternal life. This body we have will turn back to dust and back to the earth. There are three parts to us: our earthly body, our soul, and our spirit. Our soul is who we are, our personality, our emotions and feelings. Our spirit is what connects us to God allowing us to have a relationship with Him.
Does this mean that everything changes at that moment you accept Jesus as your saviour? My Pastor asked the other day during church service, do you remember when you gave your heart to the Lord? I don't remember the exact time or place but, instead, a process. I had asked for forgiveness and I had made Jesus my saviour, but I had done that several times, not knowing the full power until last Canada Day when I was baptized. So what I can tell you, is it's different for everyone. It's an on-going change in your heart. It's Jesus showing us areas in our life that need change. It's learning to be more like Him. Do I still yell at my children? Do I still have fear of change? Do I still want what others have? These are definitely areas that I need to work on. But with Jesus, He opens our life to the fruit of the spirit and we begin to change and He gives us strength and His promises.
~ " . . . the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control" (Galations 6-22:23).
Seeing life as a gift, and being thankful in the moment that you have, that moment that we will never get back, keeps you living in the moment ~ not in the past or in the future. It is hard to do when living on this earth but with Jesus it can be done!
Praise the Lord in all things for He is always teaching me, changing me, and strenghting my relationship with Him.
In God I trust,