Words from the Heart for Monday August 8th, 2016
The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
1 John 2:17 (NIV)
The Promise of Faithfulness
It would be illogical to spend your entire life building something that would only be destroyed. In the same way, building your life on a career, friendship, or a sense of personal worth will only fade. When you build your life upon the solid rock of God’s will, you are building on something eternal. So what are you building your life upon today?
Gerry van ‘T Holt was described as a “True and Faithful friend of Canada”. Just four years old in the spring of 1945 when Canadian troops rolled through the Dutch countryside near his farm, freeing him and his family from the tyranny of the Nazis. Too young to truly understand what was happening, he could tell from his family’s reaction that it was something special. He moved to Holton in the early 1960’s, the site of one of three Canadian military cemeteries in Holland and began helping others organize visits for groups of Canadians who annually visited the cemetery. Over time his passion was to record the lives of the 1500 Canadian soldiers who were buried there, and by the time of his death in 2014 he had collected 900 biographies and more than 400 pictures.
There are many in our world who have no sense of eternity. This world is all they have and so the temporal things become all consuming. They do all they can to ignore eternal things and cover up their fear with such things as entertainment, drugs and alcohol, sex and materialism. But none of this has any value in eternity. I John 2:17 tells us that “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” It is obvious that the physical world is temporary. Manufactured items seem to fail before they even get used. New diseases seem to pop up all too often these days and war and civil strife destroy entire nations. The temporal things of this world have such a limited shelf-life. And yet for most people this is all they have. They cling to the past, or to the familiar. But they seldom look into eternity, because they don’t have any assurance of what eternity is about. What a contrast to those of us who know the Lord Jesus by faith. He alone has stepped out of eternity into time, out of Glory into our world. When we give our lives to Him and abide in Him, by His grace doing the will of God and living by kingdom principles, we have the assurance that eternity is ours. Earlier in this same letter, John says that he is writing his letter to those have believed on the name of the Son of God that we might KNOW we have eternal life. Do you have that assurance?
These have been words from the heart.