Monday, July 19, 2010

day by day

Luke 12:22 Then He said to His disciples, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on......31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you."
Luke 12:40 "Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect."
This morning I was considering a connection between two teachings of Jesus from Luke, chapter 12.  The first teaching is to trust God for the necessities of life: food, clothing, shelter, etc. and not to worry about where they are coming from.  The second teaching is for the church to be ready at all times for the return of Jesus and the end of this natural life as we know it.  It occurred to me that the two teachings are closely related.  If we can learn to live daily lives of dependence and trust in the Lord to meet our needs then we cultivate an attitude of expectancy and trust that prepares us for the Lord's return.  It's almost as if the Lord wants us to have a mindset that every day is potentially the last day on Earth and the first day in Heaven.  I remember the wonder I felt as I came down the stairs on Christmas morning to see the presents, the tree and the stockings on the fireplace.  I remember the anticipation of all that on Christmas Eve, that made it hard to sleep.  I wonder if we aren't intended to have a similar excitement as each day is something like Christmas Eve.  We know that He is coming into our world again as we experience Him coming into our lives each day, to meet our needs and to refresh our minds and hearts with Himself.  He gives us our daily bread and this could be the Day when we no longer need bread and we begin to breathe the air of Heaven.
Rob Smith

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