Love via Truth

We live in treacherous times. Truth has become relevant. The principles that we thought to be sacred are being eaten away. Our Constitution is currently being interpreted by events and “modern times.” The things that we held dear 100 years ago out of date by our society. Sticking to the things that the Founding Fathers thought important for freedom are now considered inappropriate and anachronistic. We no longer need to do things by the ‘old code.’ We live and act according to relevant beliefs. Since we have no standard outside of ourselves we behave according to the dictates of the circumstance. How sad. It looks like freedom but it is stressful. We need fences. As we reject the norms set by Judeo-Christian principles, we act more god-like. We seek wisdom and find folly. We talk and sing songs about love. But love without boundaries is chaos. Without a guiding principle love becomes greedy and self-serving. Jer 31:3 “…the LORD appeared to him [me] from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” I as a husband need to reflect and act on this continually.

What I can take with me when I die!

They tell me that I cannot take anything with me when I die.  All of my possessions: my bank accounts, my stocks and bonds, my retirement funds,  my real estate, my cars, my toys, my furniture, my books, my art work … all of this stuff is left behind.  Once I am dead, I will lose control over every earthly possession that I call mine.  When I die my stuff becomes the property of others.  The people left behind get to do what they want, as they want, and when they want with my stuff.  It is plain for anyone to see “…that even the wise die; the fool and the stupid alike must perish and leave their wealth to others.”

It is apparent that I have no control on my stuff.  It is also apparent that I have no control on my life.  I am exactly one heartbeat away from eternity.  I can do nothing that will absolutely control the length of my duration here on earth.  In the Bible God tells people that when He decides to:”…take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.”  One of the wisest men in the world said after years of study that there is “…a time to be born and a time to die…”

If I am buried in a cemetery plot with a headstone, who cares?  Who is going to visit?  The next  generation in my family line will not visit because they [1] will not have time and [2] I am not there so what is the point?  Headstones do not carry on conversations!  They are cold and impersonal.

They tell me that I cannot take anything with me when I die.  If this life is all there is then we are more miserable than any animal.  Jesus said “I told you that you would die in your sins, for unless you believe that I am he you will die in your sins.”  It is true; there is nothing tangible that I can take with me. But I can add to the inheritance that Jesus has provided me. Those people that I have taken the time to introduce to the Lord Jesus; those people that I have mentored walked the road with; those who have decided to follow Jesus because of my walk and talk … they are the inheritance I am building.  “And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” 

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ps%2049:10&version=NIV