No… not the ‘End of Time’… but rather… the end of 2018. As for the End of Time… that’s anybody’s guess. The Bible tells us that it is near… but then, God’s TIME is different than ‘our time.’ His time…well… It is… what it is.
But, as for 2018…we all know … it’s history. How did 2018 fair? So, this posting is about REFLECTION. Did we do our best? Did we do what was expected of us? Did we do what we were PAID to do? Did what we were TOLD to do? Or, more importantly… did we do as God has INSTRUCTED us to do? Love your neighbor as yourself?
It is told to us in the Book of Hebrews 4:16… “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the Throne of Grace, so that we may RECEIVE MERCY and find Grace to help in time of NEED.” This simply means… get close to God, and He will help you.
So, if 2018 was ‘not all we wanted it to be’…. There is the reason. Did our workplace endeavors go according to our desire? How about our social and recreational life? Then, did our HOME LIFE environment go according to God’s design… or ‘worldly design;’ that is to say… ‘Whatever makes us feel good?’ Commonly known as … The Folly’Wood mentality.
That’s our PROBLEM! We live as if…. We are the ‘only one’ that counts. We come before anything, and anyone. We are FIRST and foremost… God is LAST, and everything else is caught up… somewhere… there, in the ‘fog of life.’
The ME-TOO, and the Political Correctness movement, has altered our lives… such that… Just the other day… while waiting for my car to be serviced… a lady tried to ‘strike up a conversation,’ with me… while in the waiting room… and I smiled and left the room… looking for a cup of hot tea. People are accused every day for things that are ‘just not true.’ Of course… some ‘things’ are true… but now… it’s very hard to discern the TRUTH… so better to AVOID all semblance of impropriety. Sadly, the day of trying to be… just a nice guy, or girl… seemingly… is OVER.
So… Where do we find… the ANSWER? Where do we find COMFORT and DIRECTION? Where is our SAFE haven? Where do we find honest, true, and safe… COMPANIONSHIP and friendship? How do we PROTECT our spouse and children? How do we AVOID evil?
The ANSWER is simple… and found in the ‘Body, Blood and Divinity… of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God…’
God invites us to the SANCTUARY of His Love; inviting us… out of our struggles… into the ‘Gift of Eternal Salvation.’ As told to us in Romans 5:8… But God shows His love for us … in that while… we were still sinners. Therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, how much more shall we be saved from wrath through Him!
Christ died for US.… You and Me. Jesus Christ is the answer; the way and the TRUTH.
So… as we enter 2019, and thereafter… and find that ‘life’s journey’ gets to be TOO MUCH for us…then, we need but REFLECT on 2018. Just look in the MIRROR… do we see the Image of God? Are we confident that we are pleasing God…. Or the EVIL one? As ALWAYS… the Choice is ours to make. The Goodness of Our Lord God, Jesus Christ… or the satanics of the EVIL one.
Think about this: If we do not REFLECT the IMAGE of Jesus Christ…in this life… then, we will NOT enter His Kingdom… in the next. I LOVE You… Dear Jesus!
Many New Year’s Blessings as we all… seek the ‘will of God.’… cjlb … 1/1/2018