“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
A couple of years ago, my wife and I surprised my kids with a trip to Disney World in Florida. They had no idea we were going there until the morning of the flight, and they really didn’t know what to expect. They had heard about the “Magic Kingdom” before, but couldn’t even begin to imagine all of the things they would experience there.
“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” (John 3:18)
If you were standing in a full-on burning building and the fireman who had intimate knowledge of the property and situation was directing you to the one, single way out, my hope is that you would be willing to follow the one who has come to rescue you and bring you to safety.
Whether you want to believe it or not, this world is on fire… but there is a way out.
“He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes, with the princes of his people.” (Psa. 113:7-9)
The standards of this world define “success” as those who have fame, fortune, physical beauty, status, and control. Thank God that He doesn’t look at us in the same way that we often use to evaluate ourselves, but rather, He looks at our hearts! (1 Sam. 16:7) (more…)