Monday, May 14, 2018

The Truth of Everlasting Life

Christians enjoy cherished lives.  They are sure that their walk is blessed and guided by an ever-loving Creator.  Often they congregate in fellowship with other believers, and find joy in the Gospels.  The oil of gladness is reflected from them because of the Holy Spirit.  They commit themselves in doing good in service to people.

Robert Pirsig (b. 1928), a writer wrote, “When people are fanatically dedicated to political or religious faiths or any kind of dogmas or goals, it’s always because these dogmas or goals are in doubt.”  True Christian believers aren’t fanatical.  Their ideas are based on biblical teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Model Christians aren’t members of cults.  They don’t embrace their calling through whim, nor by persuasion of charismatic personalities.  Many are sober, humble, and meek at heart.

Authentic Christian

Authentic Christians are blessed with contrite hearts.  Their love touches everyone and knows no discrimination.  It’s balanced and fair-minded.  Their gift comes to light in doing volunteer work with charitable organizations.  This support is built on a rock, so when the storms of life come they can withstand the onslaught of mighty winds.  By caring and tenderness they are models in their communities.  In calmness they know what it’s like to dance with angels.  Through them great streams of happiness flow, and in trials and tribulations they discover stability.

True Christians are like good seeds planted in fertile soil.  St. Matthew 13:22 is clear:  “As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing.”  But God’s believers are fruitful.  They grow and bear abundantly, for they know the heavenly gardener prunes their dead branches to ensure a good harvest.

Christians of Light

Being like Christ, Christians are blessed with merciful hearts, and are modeled in his image.  They will develop a good understanding and are slow to anger.  As brides of Christ’s church they find comfort while in fellowship with the flock.  Their ministries are filled with joy, so that even if they suffer setbacks their faith in Christ keeps steady.  William Shakespeare (1564–1616), renowned English poet, playwright and actor expressed this best through Iago to Roderigo in Othello:

How poor are they that ha’ not patience!
What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

Christians should always be patient.  It’s the prize of the race that counts.  At times the going is slow and difficult, but they must persevere.  Never must they succumb to doubtful minds, for through God’s grace they will triumph.

Christian Witnessing

Margaret Mitchell (1900–1949), a journalist with the Atlanta Constitution had Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1936) say, “I’m going to live through this, and when it’s over, I’m never going to be hungry again.  No, nor any of my folks.  If I have to steal or kill – as God is my witness, I’m never going to be hungry again.”  Unlike Mitchell’s depiction of witnessing, Christians’ approach must be guided spiritually, and they won’t sin, nor threaten.     

Being filled with the Holy Spirit Christians are symbols of joy speaking freely about Christ’s resurrection and promises.  They adapt to situations but their message is the same:  “Give your life to Christ, for he died for you on the cross at Calvary.  He resurrected, ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father.”  But their testimonies are new every day for the Scriptures by which they live are spirit and life.  They are forever blessed with knowing the truth about eternal life

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