|JESUS LOVES ALL, WITHOUT SINNING
Music Download: To Know Myself
My readers in other countries may not understand when
I say that as a teen-ager, I worked as a “soda jerk.” It was in a pharmacy…a drug
store…and in those days, they always had a fountain where colas, milk shakes and other refreshments were available
at a counter. A girl also worked there, and it was a “convenience” to date her from time to time, or take
her home after work.
But it was just that; a “convenience,” because the spark wasn’t
there between us. And so the word “marriage” in this Conquest article is a term of commitment, while the
rest are “just dating” God. Do you attend church out of love, or are you “just dating.”
Is going to His house a matter of habit or meeting friends you can see and visit with., or seriously to show which side you’re
As a soda jerk, there were people who would come in and I knew their order without asking.
I could make a “coke without ice” or whatever when I saw them coming, and have it ready at their favorite stool.
Or maybe it would be a malt in two glasses with straws ready for a dating couple to share.
know something about making the malt enough for each to have a full glass? I knew that the longer you stir a malt or
milkshake, the more air is swirled in, making it appear to be more than it really is. Does that smack of the hypocrite
who makes a good show, but has a heart that doesn’t measure up?
With God, your devotion is not
an option. You’re either in or out. The Contract is either with a ring or “if it doesn’t rain.”
Perfect attendance is worth a certificate in school, but it can rate a “Depart from me, I never knew you,” from
God (Matthew 7:23).
Get serious. Despite the popularity of the saying, “Men are born equal,”
it isn’t true. But all men are re-born equal! Because God plays no favorites (Romans 2:11). His plan
is that you can be the car, but make him the steering wheel. Let your eternity be safe at home with Christ, or one of
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.