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Eternal Perspectives

The goal and end of a person’s calling does not terminate in this life, but it makes sense only in the light of the life to come. His calling in this life is part of God’s heavenly calling, the call that leads to heaven. While the Christian, in being called by grace, already has eternal life, such life will fully be realized, blossom and bear fruit, only in the life to come. And the Christian’s daily work, intrinsically satisfying and worthwhile as it may be, will also find its fulfillment through the formation of character, and perhaps even in some of the products of human culture, in the city of the New Jerusalem, the new heaven and new earth wherein dwells righteousness.

There are, then, two basic extremes to be avoided. One is to think of this life as a shadow, as not real; to belittle and devalue it to the point where it is not worth living. The other mistake is to think that the present life is everything. The basic fact about the present life is that it is important and valuable in all its aspects because it leads to the world to come.


~ Paul Helm ~

The Last Things

 

Evening Prayer

Lord forbid that I should fear to change for the better or be so pleased with myself and the things which surround me that I feel no need for a higher life. Make me dissatisfied if I am not trying to grow in truth and to live in noble deeds. Amen.

 

 

Evening Devotional

“Blessed is he that watcheth.” — Rev 16:15

“We die daily,” said the apostle. This was the life of the early Christians; they went everywhere with their lives in their hands. We are not in this day called to pass through the same fearful persecutions: if we were, the Lord would give us grace to bear the test; but the tests of Christian life, at the present moment, though outwardly not so terrible, are yet more likely to overcome us than even those of the fiery age. We have to bear the sneer of the world-that is little; its blandishments, its soft words, its oily speeches, its fawning, its hypocrisy, are far worse. Our danger is lest we grow rich and become proud, lest we give ourselves up to the fashions of this present evil world, and lose our faith. Or if wealth be not the trial, worldly care is quite as mischievous. If we cannot be torn in pieces by the roaring lion, if we may be hugged to death by the bear, the devil little cares which it is, so long as he destroys our love to Christ, and our confidence in him. I fear me that the Christian church is far more likely to lose her integrity in these soft and silken days than in those rougher times. We must be awake now, for we traverse the enchanted ground, and are most likely to fall asleep to our own undoing, unless our faith in Jesus be a reality, and our love to Jesus a vehement flame. Many in these days of easy profession are likely to prove tares, and not wheat; hypocrites with fair masks on their faces, but not the true-born children of the living God. Christian, do not think that these are times in which you can dispense with watchfulness or with holy ardour; you need these things more than ever, and may God the eternal Spirit display his omnipotence in you, that you may be able to say, in all these softer things, as well as in the rougher, “We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

~ Charles Spurgeon ~

 

Grace Notes

 

 

Daily Strength

But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with endurance. – Rom 8:25 NET

Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. – 2 Pet 3:8 NET

Lord! who Thy thousand years dost wait
To work the thousandth part
Of Thy vast plan, for us create
With zeal a patient heart.

—J. H. NEWMAN.

I believe that if we could only see beforehand what it is that our heavenly Father means us to be,—the soul beauty and perfection and glory, the glorious and lovely spiritual body that this soul is to dwell in through all eternity,—if we could have a glimpse of this, we should not grudge all the trouble and pains He is taking with us now, to bring us up to that ideal, which is His thought of us. We know that it is God’s way to work slowly, so we must not be surprised if He takes a great many years of discipline to turn a mortal being into an immortal, glorious angel. —ANNIE KEARY.

 

Daily Light [Evening]

“Who is this who appears like the dawn? Beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun, awe-inspiring as the stars in procession?” – Song 6:10 NET

“The church of God that he obtained with the blood of his own Son.”

Christ loved the church and gave himself for her to sanctify her by cleansing her with the washing of the water by the word, so that he may present the church to himself as glorious – not having a stain or wrinkle, or any such blemish, but holy and blameless.

Then a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun.—“The wedding celebration of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. She was permitted to be dressed in bright, clean, fine linen” (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints).—The righteousness of God through the faithfulness of Jesus Christ for all who believe.

“The glory you gave to me I have given to them.”


Acts 20:28, Eph 5:25-27, Rev 12:1, Rev 19:7-8, Rom 3:22, John 17:22

 

The Glory

 

 
 
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