|HONESTLY,WE'LL MAKE IT
Music Download: Be Still
About four months ago, time caught up with our
refrigerator, and I was obliged to replace it. I thought it was unusual that the crew who delivered and installed it, didn’t
give me any papers, like proof that they had done their job. And unusual the next month, when the charge wasn’t on
my Discover card.
But it wasn’t charged the second month,
nor the third month, so finally I called the large business I had dealt with, and they had no record of the sale. A friend
advised me to "just let it go," but I knew I owed it, and kept making contact until finally they found the charge…
$1,379.30. Apparently, each contact from ordering to delivering and in between, thought the other had done the paper work.
Incidentally, they knocked a hundred dollars off, in appreciation of
my honesty. That, plus a clean conscience between God and me. You know, we’re graded, daily. How we conduct our
business or job, how we deal with others, and how others see our daily lives.
And you may be sure that someone is watching, and maybe subconsciously
grading you, who are trying to live the Christian life. We all make mistakes, but the picture I get from those who attend
church regularly, is that at least they’re showing which side they’re on.
Ball players keep count of their hits, runs, and errors. And God, the Great Score Keeper is on our side.
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.