Originally published Monday, 22 February 2016.
Don't forget, because this is vital:
Live your life in a way where you can look back and say - for Jesus - I did everything I could.
Not because you had to, but because you wanted to...
Not because you were earning something, but because you were loving the one thing.
Do it, so that one day you see yourself:
Victorious, dressed in white (Rev. 3:5)
Acknowledged, not blotted out, before Father God and his angels. (Rev. 3:6)
Seated with Jesus, just as Jesus is seated with the Father (Rev. 3:21)
How do you practically live like this? What does this mean for you and me?
It means we hear beyond the sound and the thrills and the notifications of this world. It means we have ears to hear (Rev. 3:6) what God most desires. It means we focus on the limited running of time, the blip that is our life, to see the ongoing riches of the cross.
We stay eternally minded, and remember, we are earthly endangered.
He is "coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown." (Rev. 3:11)
What we have is eternity.
The victorious become part of the temple of God (Rev. 3:12).
Will that be you? Will that be me?
I don't want to be so lost in this world, that I lose the greater vision of God that will endure forever. I don't want to bow down to stress and anxiety only to stand up and realize that I missed greatness, glory and holy. I don't want to get it all here, and miss it all there.
Do you know what I mean?
There is no hidden agenda or secret formula. The path is clear.
Here's what it looks like to be a type that can look back and say, "I did everything I could":
1. Wake up! (Rev. 3:2)
2. "Strengthen what remains and is about to die" - leave no good deed unfinished. (Rev. 3:2)
3. Remember what you have received and heard; hold it fast. (Rev. 3:3)
4. Turn yourself back to face Christ. (Rev. 3:3)
5. Be ready. I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you. (Rev. 3:3)
He is coming not to hurt us, but to love us.
Not to tear apart believers, but to keep them.
He encourages our heart (Jo. 16:33) with the force of heaven.
The Spirit pleads (Ro. 8:26) for our win and Jesus does as well (1 Jo. 2:1).
Don't give up.
Don't lose hope.
It is a race.
We are winning.
God is for us.
He is helping
We are not alone.
He will lift us when we fall low.
He will guide us when we don't know where to go.
So, put a stake in the ground and declare,
"Jesus, again, I hand it all to you. I am all in."
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