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From a Mothers Heart for the week of April 26, 2012

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By Bea Wallen

Bea Wallen
From a Mothers heart
Living with Eternity In Mind

“And the world is passing and the lust of it: but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17).
I remember a well- known song that we used to hear back some years ago, “Death is an appointment that we all must keep.”
Looking back that sounds a bit morbid or gloomy for a worship song. However it is nonetheless true. We are all born with a schedule to keep and on that schedule is the end of out natural lives here on earth. We often question how and exactly when are we going to die.
Jesus knew.
He said in Matthew 20:28, “The Son of Man came to give his like a ransom for many.” In fact on several separate occasions Jesus directly predicted His crucifixion. He knew His days on this earth as a man were numbered, that is why he lived every day as if it were his last; doing his fathers will.
What about you? How are you spending your life? Are you making your days count as you spiral headlong toward eternity? James reminds us that our life is like the morning fog – it’s here a little while then it’s gone” (James 4:14).
The Bible encourages us to turn our hearts completely to Christ rather than allowing ourselves to be distracted by his materialistic world. But too many people turn just a portion of their heart toward Jesus.
And this is the testimony that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. “He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5:11-13).
Every year I go to my doctor to get a flu shot. She actually gives me a little bit of the flu virus so it will make me resistant to the real thing. This is exactly how some believers treat their relationship with Christ. They have just enough to make them resistant to his abiding presence.
This can be the most dangerous place to be.
This is the place Jesus called “not far from the Kingdom of God” (Mark 12:34). It’s just close enough to think you have it, yet just far enough away to miss it. This is having the form but missing the power.
I remember years ago when I began seeking God’s presence in my life. I was praying at the altar with my hands raised crying out to God for more. I didn’t want just a dab of God, I wanted to be right in the middle of God’s presence. I was so lost in the Spirit that I didn’t notice what else was going on around me. It was the focus on God’s presence that changed my eternal destiny. And I will forever be grateful for that experience.
While it is true that one need not always feel spiritual to have new life in Christ, nevertheless, feelings and emotions do play a vital role in our salvation. Both Paul (Romans 8:16) and John (1 John 3:24) inform us we can experience that inner witness of the Holy Spirit to our spirit. It means we can enjoy the quiet confidence given by the Spirit that we have indeed passed from death unto life. We are indeed children of God.
I challenge you to live each day as if it were your last. Live with eternity in mind seeking the purpose and the power of God in your life.
From my heart.