Heavenly Minded

Dear Ones:

Paul Gerhardt wrote the following (“Till He Come”):

“Midst the darkness, storm and sorrow,
One bright gleam I see;
Well I know the blessed morrow
Christ will come for me.
‘Midst the light, and peace, and glory
Of the Father’s home,
Christ for me is waiting, watching,
Waiting till I come.”

Jesus said that where our treasure is, that is where our hearts will be. (Matthew 6:21).  Of Christ Himself we read: “For the joy that was set before Him, endured the cross.” (Hebrews 12:2)  When we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8), and the Holy Spirit has witnessed to our spirits that this earth is not our true and everlasting home, then the words of the Apostle Paul take on new significance: “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man, the things that God hath prepared for them that love him.” (I Corinthians 2:9)

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:17,18)

How can we go about our daily lives carrying in our hearts such elevated expectations of eternity? How can we be heavenly minded and yet be of earthly good?

God is sovereign. We have come to a knowledge of Him, not by our own design or efforts, but because the One who declares Himself to be the Beginning, has called us, drawn us to Himself.  He has given us the most extraordinary, and exceptional opportunity and responsibility, of becoming His means of declaring His glory, His nature, His saving grace to a lost and dying world.  He has given us all gifts, and a calling, a purpose, and every means of realizing that purpose.

We are called sons of God, heirs with Christ, bond slaves of Christ.  We have been placed in union with Him, that out of this union, in fellowship with Him, He might accomplish through us all His blessed will, for His glory.

So, is it possible to look towards heaven and be effective on this earth?  Yes.  Indeed, it is only by doing so that we shall have a right perspective concerning our existence here.  Only by looking unto Jesus shall we be able to receive from Him by faith all that is necessary to do the will of God, and to live rejoicing in His presence, even in the midst of “darkness, storm, and sorrow.”

Jesus’ ultimate objective was to again enter His Father’s presence, and to enjoy the fullness of His love, peace and joy.  He would once again enter into that unfettered communion with His Father that He had enjoyed before the world was.

Listen to what Gerhardt writes:

“O the blessed joy of meeting,
All the desert past!
O the wondrous words of greeting
He shall speak at last!
He and I together ent’ring
Those bright courts above;
He and I together sharing,
All the Father’s love.”

Have a wonderful day looking unto Jesus, walking filled with confidence in Him who alone does wondrous things.

Love,
Dad

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Our Father

Dear Ones:

Frederick Faber wrote in his hymn “My God, How Wonderful Thou Art” about God as the Father:

“No earthly father loves like Thee,
No mother e’er so mild
Bears and forbears as Thou hast done
With me, Thy sinful child.”

One of the most wonderful of all the descriptions of God is as our Father.  Christ Himself taught us this in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your FATHER which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Continue reading

Changeless

Dear Ones:

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Anna Letitia Waring

In A.L. Waring‘s great hymn, “In Heavenly Love Abiding,” she writes:

In heavenly love abiding,
NO CHANGE my heart shall fear;
For safe is such confiding, 
For nothing changes here.”

It is a great day when we come to grips with the changeless Christ in the midst of ever changing circumstances. It is a wonderful day, for we Continue reading

The Finding of His Face

Dear Ones:

How can we know that God is near?

David was conscious of God’s nearness. “For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.” (Psalm 139:4)  David was aware that God knew all of his thoughts and words.  But on an even more intimate level David wrote, “When Thou saidst, Seek ye may face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” (Psalm 27:8)  David heard God’s call to seek His face and he answered that call. Continue reading

Buried Treasure

Dear Ones:

If a treasure is buried what is it worth? Of what use is a candle put under a basket, or money that is deliberately hidden in a field and never used?

Jesus said, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure it, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21) Continue reading

A Stone For Bread?

Dear Ones:

Our concepts of good and bad, and thus, of the nature of God and the nature of man, are very limited, very small.  If God’s thoughts and ways are as high as the heavens are above the earth, there must be a good deal that we do not know about the nature, and person of God.  Thank God for the coming of Jesus Christ, and the teaching which He gives us.  How could we begin to see clearly without Him? Continue reading