My friend, may I ask you a question? Are you longing for that day when you will stand in heaven, finally loosed from the bonds of this earthly life? Did you know that starting at go is a necessity when you’re longing to get to the good stuff of eternal life in Christ?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
The picture accompanying today’s devotion of a little girl with her hand rubbing her forehead reminds me so much of one of the things that bothered me the most as I was growing up: starting at go, as we called it. I don’t hear this child’s phrase much anymore, but it went without saying to me as an 8-year-old that it meant following the rules and being patient. It meant going to a place where everyone had to go, a place of goal or starting, when playing a game of hide-and-seek or the like, prior to starting or ending a match. It intervened as something we just had to do in order to get to the good stuff. The little girl in the picture was, according to the caption, starting first grade, starting at go, and she was wiping away a little headache that had for the time, overtaken her. It was a bit stressful. She just wanted to get it over with but she had to start somewhere and starting at go was the criteria for moving on.
Starting at the beginning, the place where you need to go, isn’t just important when you’re dealing with the many earthly matters that require our attention to the rules in response to the how’s and why’s of what’s expected of you prior to getting what you want. Starting at go is also a necessity when you’re longing to get to the good stuff of eternal life in Christ.
Here’s a story. In his book, An Anthropologist on Mars, neurologist Oliver Sacks tells about Virgil, a man who had been blind from early childhood. When he was 50, Virgil underwent surgery and was given the gift of sight. But as he and Dr. Sacks found out, having the physical capacity for sight is not the same as seeing. Virgil’s first experiences with sight were confusing. He was able to make out colors and movements, but arranging them into a coherent picture was more difficult. Over time he learned to identify various objects, but his habits–his behaviors–were still those of a blind man. Dr. Sacks asserts, “One must die as a blind person to be born again as a seeing person. It is the interim, the limbo . . . that is so critical.” (Terry Seufferlein Norman, Oklahoma.)
To truly see Jesus and his truth, to share eternity in heaven, means more than observing what he did or said, it means a change of identity. The Psalmist writes in Psalm 87:6-7. “The Lord will write in the register of the peoples: ‘This one was born in Zion.’ As they make music they will sing, ‘All my fountains are in you.’” You and I are like that blind man or that little girl starting school. In order to get the good stuff we need to find that right place, the place where it all happens. We need to start at go, being born again in Christ. We need to die to who we are and live in what he is. It’s the go place and it’s best to start there.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for giving the hope of eternal life in heaven through a rebirth in Christ, not just about him but in him. Forgive us Lord when we forget that eternal life is all about Christ dwelling in us and we in him, that we need to start at go when it comes to being the Christian you have called us to be. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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