Monday, May 23, 2011

Notes to the Lord: Until We Meet Face To Face

1 Timothy 6

11Timothy, you belong to God, so keep away from all these evil things. Try your best to please God and to be like him. Be faithful, loving, dependable, and gentle. 12Fight a good fight for the faith and claim eternal life. God offered it to you when you clearly told about your faith, while so many people listened.

Lord Jesus--Fighting the good fight for the faith does not have to be trench warfare of the soul with fox wholes and barbwire. The fight has nothing to do with what seem to be the forces arrayed against your people. It is not about the Muslim extremist or terrorist on either side...they are just responses to hopelessness. So often we miss the real battle because of all the noise around us.

The real battle is the one unseen except in rare moments of clarity...the battle to live out grace, hope, gentleness and kindness in the middle of a twisted world marred by sin. I can not hope to do it without your grace and peace working inside me...changing me from the inside out.

Then there is this line that I love...”God offered it to you when you clearly told about your faith, while so many people listened.” How many years ago had Timothy and Paul been in that church gathering where Timothy had received validation and anointing for service, yet Paul still remembered.

There are some things that need to be remembered and then lived out over a life time. Those God moments form a chain in my heart...a chain of moments and experiences that tether me to you. Lord Jesus, the memory of those times keep me grounded in a time when there is so little that doesn’t change. Your word and you work are consistent and constant...until we meet face to face.

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