My friend, may I ask you a question? If you knew that in fifteen minutes you would have to stand in judgment before the Holy God and learn your eternal destiny, what would your reaction be? We you feel the assurance of a person with an assured ticket to heaven, or?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Were you ever in a situation where, despite the fact that there was little or nothing you could do to affect the outcome, you just felt that you had to do something? No? Well, how about the last time you watched your favorite team play foot- ball on TV? The quarterback hands the ball off to the halfback on a third and long and he gets smothered four yards from the first down marker. “Why didn’t you pass the ball? You should have passed. Anyone knows that on third and long you pass the ball!” you shout at the television despite the very real fact that neither the coach nor the quarterback can hear your rebuke. Yet, for those split seconds, your mind and heart believe that someone must be listening.
Assurance. There are some situations we can do little about other than laying down and accepting the outcome.
Here’s a story: Sometime when you’re in an airport, observe the difference between passengers who hold confirmed tickets and those who are on standby. On the one hand you are looking at those who are assured of a seat on the plane; on the other there are those who have no such assurance. The ones with confirmed tickets read newspapers, chat with their friends or sleep. The ones on standby, however, hang around the ticket counter, pace and smoke, smoke and pace. The difference is caused by the confidence factor. Those with confirmed tickets relax in the comfort of assurance. While those without can only speculate and wonder whether or not they will get a seat. (Source Unknown)
If you knew that in fifteen minutes you would have to stand in judgment before the Holy God and learn your eternal destiny, what would your reaction be? Would you smoke and pace? Would you say to yourself, “I don’t know what God’s going to say--will it be ‘Welcome home, child,’ or will it be ‘Depart from me; I never knew you’? When it comes to our eternal life, there is nothing we can do to affect the outcome other than to believe that our Heavenly Coach and quarter- back, Jesus Christ, has everything under control. And, rest assured, on third and long, He knows when to pass and when to run the ball.
We pray. I pray that You might give us such a peaceful sense of assurance that we might never doubt that You own us; we are Yours both now and forever. We pray that we might let the promises of Your Word guide us during the dark times; we pray that our faith might grow each day in our walks with You.
Where there is true faith, may it grow with such certainty that we become as confident of heaven as though we are already there. Thank You for the Spirit who cries within us, “Abba, Father.” In Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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