May 20, 2011
heaven on earth
Jesus rose, conquering sin and death. And yet, we remain mortal. This infernal gravity weighs us down. Why did he leave us here? What's the purpose of this span of time, between Jesus' first coming, and his second? Shepherding: We are to proclaim the message of salvation, gathering as many stray sheep as possible. Each of our lives should be an invitation, an enticement. We are to offer comfort and practical help, share in the sufferings of Christ, exhibit love, mercy, grace. Engage. Forgive as we've been forgiven. Encourage and pray for our church families. Listen well. Appreciate each other's differences. Read, study, worship. Enjoy God's goodness. And, work! Individually and as a team, God has specific work for each of us to do, with Him; work that pertains to our character, as well as to the world in which we live. It's all prep for the next life: Eternity 101. Believing Heaven, we overcome the world.