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Friday!

by Pastor Suzanne L. Taylor on 06/04/10

Here we are!  It's Friday.  We have arrived at the end of another week.  This has been a strange week for me.  I'm always griping about wanting a real day off where I have nothing to do at all.  Well, God gave me one, and I didn't like it at all. I knew it was the "day off" I had been longing for because I even had enough leftovers to feed my entire family (five of us) from paper plates. 

 

God is good and will give us the desires of our hearts.  Notice this though: We don’t always enjoy what we were seeking after once we get it.  I wanted a day to lay back and do nothing, and when I got it, I was disappointed.  God’s gift to me was good, and my body needed the rest, but, as Jesus said, ““My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John ).  

The days here on this dying earth are short.  If you have heard or read the news, or even the forwards you receive in your email, you will understand that this globe is coming apart at the seams.  Volcanoes are blowing their tops above the land and below the sea.  Earthquakes are shaking the earth within the ground and under the sea.  The weather patterns are changing and severe weather is striking many places causing floods resulting in many deaths and the destruction of crops.  Droughts are so severe that crops are burned up and wild fires rage out of control, terrifying the hearts of men and thwarting their attempts to extinguish them.  There is the famine in ever increasing areas of the world.  There are pestilences on the rise such as AIDS and drug-resistant Tuberculosis.  There are plagues of all sorts around the world. 

 

With all this in mind, relaxing was difficult.  Unlike a vast majority of people nowadays, I know that my service to God is worth the time and effort it takes.  I’m am optimist, not a fatalist.  I know that every minute God holds Jesus back from coming to rapture His bride is another minute He can use to leave a mark on this world for those who will be left behind.  That He allows me to participate in this even in a small part is “joy unspeakable” to me. (I Peter 1:8) 

The main reason for this post is to remind each of you that you have a part to play in the upcoming events as well.  God is no respecter of persons.  He built the body of Christ using individual parts. You are one of those parts and you fit in to the body somewhere.  Don’t sell yourself short.  Not everyone can be the head, or the hand.  Some have to be the feet, the little toes, etc…  

 

Every one of us is important to the function of the body.  We have an intake valve at one end and an exhaust and emissions valve at the other.  Jesus said that it’s not what enters a man’s body into the stomach that defiles him, because that all passes out of him.  It’s what enters his heart (Matthew -20).  If your heart is for God and his kingdom, you will produce sweet smelling fresh fruit, not stinky rotten stuff.  

 

The position God called you to may be something as simple as speaking a good word to someone (Proverbs 25:11) or as complex as writing a book.  Whatever you are called to do this Friday, do it “as unto the Lord” (Colossians ) and you and others will be blessed.  

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When is Jesus coming?  Is He really coming?  Why is He delaying so long?  How can God allow so much evil to run rampant in the world and not do a thing about it?

All good questions, and all deserve an answer.

Jesus will come when God gives Him the word that His church is to come home.  I believe Jesus is already saddled up and waiting for this order to be issued.  

~Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality~ (I Corinthians 15:51-53). 

~This corruptible~ our human flesh which has lived in sin and been corrupted by it must be changed to ~incorruption~ which is a new sin-free body that is like the one Jesus has.  That is, it will be our spiritual body of flesh and bone. 

~This mortal~ the temporary life we have lived in earth will be changed to ~immortality~ which is eternal life.