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Consecration is our part, sanctification is God’s part. (1)

What must I do to inherit eternal life? (2)

I am not certain Christians ask this question anymore.  We have become so enamored with the world that we, in the terms of Joel O’Steen, “Want our best life now!”

Not me, I want my best life after my death.

I already know that this worldly life is short and full of toil and angst.  Even if I inherit my father’s DNA, his family lives to a 100, my life will be short.  Even if I count my blessings everyday, my life will still be a rose garden, a life full of beauty in the midst of thorns.

Most of us assume that we must provide our own transport and fuel to get to heaven.  Most of us assume that we enter heaven on the basis of what we have done in life.  That is not God’s way.

In the world’s economy, we earn grace.  In God’s economy, grace if given by God.

God asks us to dedicate our life to Him.  He then, takes care of the rest. He will sanctify us, make us fit for heaven.

It bugs me that I cannot earn my way into heaven.  I can only earn my way into hell.

God wants my heart.

God wants your heart.

When God has your heart, He has your life, both now and for evermore.

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  1. Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986).
  2. Luke 10:25 and Luke 18:18.
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One thing is for sure, 

from the moment we are born, 

we are old enough to die. (1)

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Not me, I am not old enough to die.  I plan to live forever or at least to 100.  Longevity is in my DNA on my father’s side of the family.

I am still in denial regarding my age.  If I died tonight and my age was printed in my obituary, no one would say, “It’s a shame he died so young!”

In my death I would be like Martha and then, later, Mary, who after the death of their brother Lazarus approached Jesus and blamed Him for letting their brother die before his time. (See John 11:21 and 11:32).

If I die before I am 100, I plan to tell Jesus, over and over again, “If you would have been there, I would not have died!”

Each of us has our own personal vision of immortality.

But, the truth of the matter is, Jim Wilson is right: “From the moment we are born (conceived) we are old enough to die.”

The movie The Bucket List floats in the back of my head when my denial-meter is not running full throttle. There are things which I want to do before I die.  However, I am too busy making a living, I do not have time to do them now.  Death will have to wait until I have time to check these items off my personal bucket list.

I am a foolish man.

Are there things you are putting off for a more opportune time?

I end every conversation with my wife and two sons with these words, “I love you!”

Even though I do not plan to die for a long time, I want to make sure the last words they hear from me are these.  I have counseled far too many people whose parents never told them, “I love you!”  I refuse to be one of them.

While I may never publish a book, parachute from a plane, own a sailboat, or walk the beach everyday for 20 years in a row, there is one thing which I will not put-off till it is too late.

Jesus said:

“I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (2)

Have you told Jesus that you believe in Him and that you love Him?

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One thing is sure, 

from the moment you are born, 

it is never too soon to say, 

“Jesus, I love you!”

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  1. Jim L. Wilson, Fresh Start Devotionals (Fresno, CA: Willow City Press, 2009).
  2. The Holy Bible: New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1996), John 11:25–26.

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