Christian Devotions

Presence

2 Corinthians 5 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.2 or in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.

Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  (KJV)

Yesterday, we said good-bye to a family member that exemplified that scripture. For as long as I’ve known him, this cousin never tired of bragging on God. His focus was on Jesus first. and then his wife and family.  For the last several months, his heart had turned more and more toward being present with the Lord. But he never lost sight of his family either.

His home going occurred just days before his 81st birthday. I’ve smiled at the thought of what a celebration that birthday party must have been.

To that end, the service for him yesterday was festival, the music, triumphal. We opened the service with an Allalujah, segued into “It Is Well with My Soul” and then “How Great Thou Art”. We exited with “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” — “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the Lord!” And we knew that while we were seeing “through a glass darkly”, he was seeing his Lord face to face.

Most importantly, he wanted everyone in the world to know the Savior as he knew Him.  That, of course, is the point. If we know the Savior, we should be eager to share our good news with all we meet. If we love our neighbor, we should want the best for that neighbor – and the best is Jesus. The good news of our Salvation through the Grace of God is the most important information we can disseminate.

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 1:8 (KJV)
The writer of these words in the book of Acts was quoting Jesus. Please note that the word is “shall” not “will” in this passage. While the nuances have been mostly lost in our common conversation, “shall” is a word of command; will is a word of desire or wish.
Jesus doesn’t ask us to be his witnesses; he commands it. So just how well are we doing as witnesses?  That is the question we shall answer at the judgment.
Father, God,
So fill us with your spirit that our thoughts are filled with witnessing for you. Give us the words to speak your truth with love to those we meet. Help us to remain full of you, not of ourselves.
In Jesus’ most precious name.
Amen.

 

Disclaimer:  I apologize for the Friday devotion not appearing til Saturday. There is no excuse except that I fell down on the job and relinquished a privilege.  With God’s help, it will not happen again.  Thank you,  ~J~

 

 

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Comments on: "Presence" (2)

  1. What a wonderful legacy to leave behind for the family and friends to be assured of the celebration he was going to enjoy on his 81st birthday. Thanks for allowing me to share in the joy of a believer going home with a meaningful legacy left behind.

    Write on!

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    • Thank you, Carolyn. As Christian Communicators, this is what we should all be about – sharing the news of salvation. Yes, he left a beautiful legacy — and a manuscript relating 77 years of God’s fidelity to him.

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