3 Words in 1
The Lamb’s Book of Life
What is spoken at a man’s funeral means nothing to him.
While all who gather their assemble to honor his life he is not present. Furthermore, if the words of the scriptures read to bring comfort to all and attendance do not mirror the words written on his heart they come too late for him.
Life and death come down to one fundamental and profound question, “Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?”
This man who is now being laid into the ground may have known tremendous success in life but now it is moot. These things, save those of God’s will and purpose, are nothing more than wood, hay and stubble. As they pass through the fire they are completely consumed.
It is for this reason that the wise take heed and live their lives according to Jesus’s words in Matthew 6:33. Their eyes and their hearts are set upon God’s Kingdom and as such they will never suffer loss.
I tell you the truth, there are rich men who enter eternity as penniless paupers. Likewise there are beggars of this world who pass on to wealth beyond their wildest dreams.
It all comes down to this:
- Is your name written in the Lamb’s Book of Life?
- Is your life set on a course according to His purpose?
It is on this day that we must honestly answer these questions and seek remedy for tomorrow may be too late.
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you,” Matthew 6:33.
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As We Are!
It is when we realize that our Heavenly Father loves us as we are, not as we “should be” that we start living in the moment.
The angst over how to fix what we deem character flaws in the hopes of being acceptable melts away.
Self effort is overtaken by complete trust as His love migrates from the cerebral awareness in our heads to the experiential awareness of our hearts.
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When we search for something that we must find, do we give up easily? No!
In fact, the more difficult the search the greater the sense of reward in finding.
Jeremiah 29:13 speaks a promise that when we search for God with all our hearts we will find Him. What the promise does not provide is a sense of time.
It does not say, “When you seek Him with all your heart you will find Him right away.” It doesn’t say we will find Him next week, next month or next year. Yet if we persist, find Him we will.
I have heard some incredible stories of children embarking on journeys spanning continents and thousands of miles in search of the Father they never knew. There was no promise of success yet they persisted. Some succeeded, many did not.
How much more valuable is our Heavenly Father and the search for His heart? Yet do we seek Him diligently? Do we persist?
One could argue that if we do not then we were not seeking Him with our whole heart in the first place.
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart,” Jeremiah 29:13.
~ Mitch Salmon