Friends I have been receiving quite a few messages from you about posting your stance in protection of God’s definition of marriage. And they are all very beautiful! While you are catching some heat from some, many of you are seeing people be saved and confirmed in their faith! Just by your willingness to stand up for Christ! How EXCITING for you to see the power of true witness in your life! When you see that YOU and your small suffering actually helped someone you love either come to Christ or helped to confirm a struggling, weak Christian in their faith, you have been BLESSED and will never stop fighting for the souls around you- no matter what torment you might receive. So, here is my response to all of you who have been so blessed:
See? What is one man’s soul worth? Ask that and you will be willing to take all the abuse in the world. For all you know, your example saved your friend and has set her on a course to true discipleship in Christ. And if so, she will produce 100 fold for Christ. THAT is one soul is worth! And each of those will produce 100 fold! There is literally no other reason to live after we find Christ for ourselves except to help others find him. This life is passing away so quickly. Nothing on earth has any meaning- including having children. What I mean is so many people have kids in order to have meaning. When those kids turn out to be difficult or ingrates or even reject the person, they feel their life was purposeless. Children are worth it if we bring them to serving Christ. Then they will produce a hundred fold each (as well as delight us during our lives). I like when King Solomon said,
“2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
says the Teacher.
Everything is meaningless.”
3 What do people gain from all their labors
at which they toil under the sun?
4 Generations come and generations go,
but the earth remains forever.
5 The sun rises and the sun sets,
and hurries back to where it rises.
6 The wind blows to the south
and turns to the north;
round and round it goes,
ever returning on its course.
7 All streams flow into the sea,
yet the sea is never full.
To the place the streams come from,
there they return again.
8 All things are wearisome,
more than one can say.
The eye never has enough of seeing,
nor the ear its fill of hearing.
9 What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one can say,
“Look! This is something new”?
It was here already, long ago;
it was here before our time.
11 No one remembers the former generations,
and even those yet to come
will not be remembered
by those who follow them.
He lived before Christ. In his great wisdom, all he could see was the sheer meaningless of existence. In the end, it broke him. But we are blessed, because we have known the great gift of Christ. Our meaning is to love one another as he loved us. To lay down our lives, as he laid down his, to help them to find the same treasure in the field. We now know that this world passes away and that it is not our true life. It is but a testing ground. The place where birthed humans mature into God’s children. Without the testing ground, without the choice between satan & God, we are not yet born again as God’s eternal children. We remain grounded on earth, doomed to die after our bodies are spent. God gave us a great gift. First, he gave us mere existence- this is something he does not begrudge anyone- not even those who are evil and hate him. These mere 80 or so years are free- a gift from our Maker. But the TRUE life he meant for us, to live beside him as powerful new beings- our true selves meant to live for trillions upon trillions of years in glorious LIFE- this was provided so generously by our Father in the form of his Son. Some say, “why is there ONLY one way to eternal life?” I say, “who said you even deserved ONE way? You are most favored by God to get ANY way to get that precious gift of eternal life!”
We are the most favored of God’s creations. We have creative powers, we have choice and now, with the coming of Jesus, we have the ability to live forever. Really, what more can a man ask for? Poor Solomon was depressed. He had lived too long and knew too much. But we have the HOPE of Christ- of whom this entire week we CELEBRATE. Let us not forget how very, very loved we are. Let us not forget how very favored by God we are…