Savoring the Joy in this Journey
There is no class, no race, no political affinity, no age, no religious denomination, or any other segment of our civilization that is exempt from the reality of death. All who are living, unless the Lord return, will eventually have a one on one appointment with death. It is a mandatory appointment that cannot be broken, no exceptions. And unlike the systems of the world which tend to define people by an infinite number of categories, it appears that the Lord sees only two categories or demographics, those being, “born again” or “not born again”. Those who are born again bear the mark of the Holy Spirit, the deposit of the life of Jesus Christ living as a resident within the spirit of that man or woman, bringing life, forgiveness of sin, instruction, and comfort. Those who are unwilling to consider and then acknowledge the Creator will never taste of the tremendous blessings that He has longed to share with them. Blessings intended to improve and enhance not only the days and hours they spent negotiating this life but also the inconcievable rewards awaiting their arrival into the place in which they will spend eternity.
When we schedule an appointment in this life, it is always done for a specific purpose and there is generally some kind of preparation for whatever it is that will take place at that appointment. Our appointment with death is no different. Everything that we do in this life prepares us for that final appointment. Our knowledge and love of the Holy God with whom the appointment is scheduled will determine the outcome of the meeting. If we are not intimately acquainted with He who has scheduled the appointment, rather than being welcomed in to await our eternal reward, we will be commanded to be gone from His presence. Not because He does not love us but because our stubbornness and our intentional rejection of Him has prevented Him from knowing us. His word declares that those who are not born again, as evidenced by the fruit in their lives, will literally hear the words “away from me, I never knew you”. The fruit he is referring to are actions and attitudes that are present as a result of having the indwelling Spirit of God. There are many who do good works but only out of a self imposed and self empowered righteousness. This righteousness, though it be better than evil, is limited. It is short lived and finite. It makes a contribution to those around it but only on a carnal level. It does not have the capacity to deposit anything eternally lasting into the spirit of those whom it affects. Its flow ends when the natural body of it’s carrier ceases to think and to breath. Whereas, those who have heard and responded to the still small voice of God as He calls us to His love, have an overwhelming and undeniable resource as we learn the lessons of this life through the voice of His spirit within us. And not only in this life, but when the fateful day of that appointment with death arrives, we can rejoice. It is not an appointment that leads us to despair, nor does it cause our heart to race with fear and dread. Instead, it is an appointment to be met with anticipation because we are familiar with and trusting of the God who has made the arrangement for the meeting. Though we may not fully know what to expect when the door of death is opened, we have trust in the character, the faithfulness, the love, and the word of our God.
The appointment for each one of us is already scheduled. The outcome of that meeting will be determined entirely by us. Either with a willingness to open our heart to the love and the working of God in our lives by way of His Holy Spirit or with a hiding behind the closed door of our heart, waiting for the knocking to cease.
1 Cor 2:9
9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Kelly Finke – March 2012