Eternity With Him

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I don’t have much more to say than that really.

In our darkest moments, may we think about this. There is no greater love than His for us. This life is a glimpse of what’s to come. We have all experienced moments of unbridled joy and freedom in the midst of His presence. Now, imagine that gloriously magnified in heaven, without any sin or shame or fear or tears or guilt or pain. The Bible doesn’t say much about heaven, other than that it exists. It is our mysterious, ultimate destination. It’s where we are going. It is our truest home and it will be an unfettered joy to discover all that it has to offer – colours, sights, sounds and smells we have yet to embrace. And we get to spend our eternity there!

There’s a great lyric in Hillsong United’s song Touch The Sky, which goes, “You traded heaven to have me again.” There is great strength and constant hope in the relentless fact that God did what was necessary to retrieve us from darkness and damnation. There was only one solution to the problem that kept sinners from intimacy with a perfect Father. God knew the cost it took, and in Christ, He willingly took it. His life for ours. Christ took the punishment we deserved for the treasure we didn’t.

That marvellous truth is worth reflecting upon, and rejoicing in. We don’t see heaven now, but by faith we know with certainty that one day, we shall.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.”

1 Peter 1:3-6

 

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Give It All

THE BEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE

There’s an album from Hillsong called Beautiful Exchange, and the title song  summarises what happens when we submit to Christ and allow Him to rule and reign within us. It is a beautiful exchange, but it’s also extreme, improbable and truly remarkable beyond words. Christ took our sins, our shame, our weaknesses, and all our filth. It was wiped away with the holiest of bloods to ever walk the earth. He took the worst parts of us and gave us His righteousness, joy, freedom and victory. It’s an exchange beyond human reason, but that’s how much God loves us.

Here Now (Madness), another musical Hillsong creation, states:

When justice called for all my debts

The Friend of sinners came instead

Every time I hear that truth, I’m thankful that I know it and have the choice of living in it daily. Christ died for all of you. All your tragedies and triumphs, hurts and heroics. He wants it all, even the parts of you that you hide from others or deny that exist within you. He sees all of you, and He’s not turning away. Be yourself before Him. That’s what I love about the Psalms. It’s so real and raw. It’s people like King David just unashamedly expressing themselves before their Creator.

Look at Psalm 22

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.

and then Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

The Bible covers the whole range of the human, emotional experience. The highs and lows. He recorded it in the Word to remind us that we don’t have to hold anything back when we express ourselves to Him, and especially when we live for Him.

Simply put, God wants all of you. He gave all of Himself.

“All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

John 6:37-40