Permanence.

15 Apr

It’s been a month. And I can sure tell by looking at the increasingly humble statistics of this blog. The world is as tired of reading about Rick Santorum as I am of writing about him. But never fear – unless Santorum winds up on Romney’s ticket as the GOP Vice Presidential candidate, I am finished blogging about him for a while.

I was in Central America on a mission trip for almost the past 3 weeks. The trip was a blessing and will doubtless provide ample blog ammo in the days to come.

But tonight I simply want to recount that a friend of mine’s house burned to the ground this week. He awoke to find it in flames around him and had time only to grab a few personal items and escape. He says it must have been his guardian angel that woke him to his peril.

I wrote to him to tell him how sorry for his loss. He wrote me back, and I hope he won’t mind me posting his response.
“Thank you for your kind thoughts.  Things are going pretty good.  There are a couple of things you can count on in life:

-your stuff is going to burn up in the lake of fire and in some cases sooner
-you are going to die and leave your stuff behind.  If you live to see the second coming you can escape death, but you will still leave your stuff behind.
So, remember what is really important in life.  You can take two things to heaven:
-your character
-and people you have influenced to make right choices.
Cleaning up the the rubble, I found a piece of paper with the following written on it:
           “When the Light of the world passes by, privilege will be discerned in            hardship, order in confusion, success in apparent failure.  Calamities will be seen as disguised blessings; woes, as mercies.”
-Education, page 270.”

 

His response made me think again, as I have so often of late, about the transitory nature of this life, and of the vanity of our pursuits. They can be taken from us in an instant. This happened to my friend. Yet he does not count himself poor. That which is most important to him cannot burn.

Can we say the same thing?

What we eat, what we wear – Jesus said that a man’s life consists not of these things. He told us because it is easy, natural, for the fallen heart to think otherwise.

Jesus counseled the Laodicean church in Revelation 3:18 to buy of Him gold tried in the fire.

Now Laodicea had a lot of gold. That was one of their problems: they were rich and increased with goods. They thought they had need of nothing because of their temporal prosperity. But Jesus told them that they were wretched and miserable, poor and blind and naked, but did not realize it. He offered them something real, instead. Something eternal.

The gold Christ offers to us here, at the end of ages, is the gold of His spotless character, the purity of a reborn heart that works by faith and love. The self sacrificing service of a reborn heart lays up treasure in heaven.

Everything else though, will burn up, melt, and be consumed.

 

 

 

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One Response to “Permanence.”

  1. missyingster April 15, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    This was a very profound yet inspiring message. Leads me thinking. Thankyou Uncle Jay

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