Renewing Your Mind Day 10 – Changing My Mind About The Future

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Renewing Your Mind In 30 Days

(Ephesians 1:18)  “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,”

Hope and inheritance look ahead to the future. Both are looking toward an end result. The “hope of his calling” looks to the promise of eternal life. Paul never refers to hope as an uncertainty. Hope in Paul’s epistles is the certainty of something that will surely come to pass. The inheritance is the glory of God operating “in the saints.”

Why does Paul pray for the saints to understand these things if they will not be experienced until some future time? Because God’s will is for us to use the light He sheds on this hope and inheritance in our lives here on this earth right now! Why else would Paul pray so fervently for the eyes of faith to be opened to these promises?

Our view of eternity affects how we live life right now. Is eternity a reality and certain fact to us or is it a distant dream? God’s plan for His people has always been to live in the light of eternity. How much would our lives change if we saw everything as it relates to our hope and inheritance? Instead of thinking about eternal life as something we have to wait for, the Lord designed us to live it out as a present possession. Instead of believing we are not heirs until we die, the Lord already made us heirs, joint-heirs with Christ! Better yet, we’ve already received the inheritance! The glory of the Lord can work through us while we are here on this earth if we would just allow it to operate as a fact in our lives.

Renewed Thought – Live today in the reality that eternal life is a present possession.

Outside The Prison Walls There Is Hope

(Ephesians 2:12)  “That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world:”

Every religion except Christianity demands works in exchange for hope in life after death. Salvation in Christ is truly “the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8) because we are not called to earn but to simply accept it by placing our faith in Him who died for our sins, was buried and rose again from the grave. In this verse Paul reminds the Ephesians that their past was a life “without Christ.” Their past was hopeless and their life on this earth was “without God” even though they worshipped many gods.

In the classic prison movie “The Shawshank Redemption,”

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That Was Awkward…

 

It’s 11:00pm EST on May 21, 2011.  This was supposed to be Judgement Day.  This was supposed to be the day of the Rapture.  A long cycle of tribulation was supposed to be coming to an end.  But it’s 11:02pm EST on May 21, 2011 now.

How are we supposed to react to the false prophecy?  I don’t know about you, but I am a little disappointed.

No kidding.  Disappointed.

Why?  Why would I have this feeling after two posts criticizing one Mr. Harold Camping for his false claim that he knew Jesus Christ would return for believers on this day?  Honestly, in spite of my sarcasm and criticism, there was part of me hoping it would be true.  I was hoping this really would be the day and hour when the Church would be “caught up.”  Yes, Mr. Camping and his followers violated just about every rule of Biblical interpretation you could think of.  Yes, millions of dollars were spent and collected for this effort.  Yes, I knew the Scriptural answer was so contrary to Mr. Camping’s attempt.  But still, I was hoping.

(Titus 2:13) “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

Isn’t that what we are called to do?  Hope…hope everyday that Jesus really would come back for His Church?  We are called to look for Him.  We are called to live a life looking for Him…in hope.  So for me, today wasn’t any different than yesterday or tomorrow.  I’m disappointed we’re still here, not that a false prophet failed in another vain attempt.

Sunday will be an awkward day for these date-setters.  I don’t know what excuses will be paraded out this time:

“My math was off”

“God is testing our patience”

“He did come back – it was all spiritual”

“I’m really not here anymore, you’re talking to my hologram”

But for those of us still looking, Sunday will be another day of hope.  Another day of looking up.  It will be another day eager for what we are truly promised.  You see, tomorrow isn’t going to be awkward for those of us who have always been anticipating His return every day.  It’s 11:22pm on May 21, 2011.

“But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18