resurrection

A little transparency never hurt anyone... Right...

Before you read the next paragraph and freakout, just know I still love Jesus and I love His kingdom and His church...

A little transparency never hurt anyone... Right...

I'm just not sure if I love Jesus like I use to... Let me qualify this statement—it doesn't mean that I don't love Jesus and neither does it  mean that I don't want to love Jesus nor that I'm losing my faith in Him.

What I mean is at one time I had a laser focus and desire to follow Jesus with all my heart—no questions asked. Jesus was all that I needed. Back then things didn't distract me like they do now and I wasn't so focused on things I don't have.

Money, worries, my family, a some notoriety, the perfect living situation, dream job or dream vacation, everything on my wishlist at Amazon.com, sinful desires, and etc... There are times I want these things more than Jesus—I love these things more than Jesus.

Sometimes I find my lack of faith or lack of love in Jesus disturbing—I become my own worst enemy.

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And that's just it—sometimes I focus to much on what I don't have in this world or what I am not—this dissatisfaction becomes the lens on how I view God, and this affects my relationship with Him.

I allow these things to get in the way of me just spending time with Jesus. I sometimes get the feeling I'm about to say Jesus isn't enough for me.

So often I forget I already have everything I will ever need from God.

God really is worthy of our worship and our love. Yesterday was a great reminder of this fact! The resurrection of Jesus helps us realize life has a whole new meaning and it changes our view of everything.

Jesus reminds us there is more beyond this world.

I know that if this life were to end at any moment, I'd be moving on to something far greater than I could ever image. Things would become just how they should be—just how God desires them to be.

Hope is found beyond this fragile life—we should never be mislead to believe this life is all there is.

Wake Up...

Sometimes I need a WAKE UP like Easter Sunday to strengthen what remains and is about to die (Revelation 3:2).

We don't need to try harder, get busier, or accomplish more. We just need to focus and get back to what really matters—we need to spend time with Jesus and love Him.

To be honest, its not easy—there are strong temptations to want more and be more, but we must be diligent and persevere in loving Jesus and becoming more like Him.

There is no fancy way or magical formulas to spending time with Jesus—just be yourself... Seriously. And if you don't know how to be yourself, then ask God to help you be yourself.

Jesus is all we need.

Jesus is something bigger and something better than anything the world has to offer. Do you believe it?

Where, O death, is your victory?

sander-zelhem-green-passage So many things in this life remind me of the mortality of life - the temporal aspects of life.

When fall comes we see decay and death in creation when leaves change colour, wilt, eventually die and fall to the ground. The leaves return to the dust of the earth from where they came from.

Hope

But there is nothing more telling of this when we are confronted by death of a loved one, death of a friend, death of an aquantiance, or death of a stranger. For many death is a sobering and a sad unknown part of the human experience...

Hope in this tangible life is no hope at all. Think about what's all around us and what we experience; people, places, and things fade away and at some point are no more.

Hope is found in the resurrected Jesus, who promises life beyond this tangible kingdom. He promises not just any life, but a better life, a new life where he is making all things new.

Jesus came to bring dead people to life, make the world as it should be, and reconcile people to people and people to God.

The Apostle Paul states:

"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Victory

Through Jesus death, burial, and resurrection he has provide victory over sin, death, and the enemy of humans, Satan. Jesus has provided a way for the mortal to become immortal - the perishible to become imperishable.

"For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. "When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:

“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." - 1 Corinthians 15:54-57

Hope is found beyond this fragile life on earth. Let nothing move you to lose heart. Don't be mislead to believe that this life is all there is. Fear and darkness will fade give way to the light of the King of Kings.

I end this blog post with this poem entitled "Behold, I Come" by Annie Johnson Flint:

"Behold, I come"—the darkness lightens Above all sorrow and all fear; Beyond the clouds the Daystar brightens, And our deliverance is near; The groaning earth awaits the hour When all the wrongs of time are past, And clothed with glory and with power, The King of kings shall reign at last.

—Annie Johnson Flint

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