TAKE HOLD (Pt. 4)

” Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ”(‭Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭20‬ NIV).

If we are learning to walk out our obedience of faith in Christ we are learning to transcend the things of time. Unfortunately, too many of God’s children are not conscious of an eternal realm. God fits His children in time for eternity.
The apostle John sees ,in The Book of the Revelation, the City of God and notes, “Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life”(‭Revelation‬ ‭21‬:‭27‬ NIV).

The story is told of a certain man who would walk in a park near his home everyday. He would be seen doing a strange thing. He would frequently pull from his pocket some precious gems and hold them up to the light of the sun and admire their brilliant color. When asked by someone who passed by, Why he did this? He responded that he wanted to be reminded of “the precious rewards of eternal things”.   His mind and life were constantly absorbed with eternal realities. He understood that the things which were of real and eternal value are to be gained or lost by the life lived on earth. And he understood that unless we take hold of them and keep them in view, we will lose them forever.
I don’t often put lengthy passages in my articles but I do so this time to be used as a a form of prayer and meditation. They need no explanation. “Take hold”.

REAL LIFE

“Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses….that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which He will bring about at the proper time-He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen. Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed” (1 Timothy‬ ‭6‬:‭12, 14-19‬ NASB).

TRUE HOPE

“For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.” And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise. For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute. In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭6‬:‭10-20‬ NASB).

BE FAITHFUL

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain”
(‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15‬:‭57-58‬ NIV).

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