The joy of hope

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I delight in these weaknesses
Not that I am deranged
But because of my certain hope
That when all is done, I will rise
Rise to see no frailty in my Savior's reign
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Never again will I see disease
Not once will tears drop down my cheeks
Never will I  hear of bad news
For in that holy mountain only good news exist
News of exceeding joy unknown to this cruel world
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So I cling to this hope in tears and anguish
Holding tight on the promise of resurrection
For my hope in Christ is sure
And in him is unfading assurance
That I may live in hope amidst danger
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So I smile when I should cry

I delight as this body fades away

For only a little longer

And I will see him come from the clouds

And this is my delight; the joy of hope

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The Christian dream

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He will take away this sinful heart and her cravings
And write his true abiding laws in my heart
That never again will I carry the burden of temptation
Nor smell the stench of my iniquities
How I crave and yearn for that new heart
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Bring us to the new creation oh Lord!
That we may delight to walk in purity
To serve you in complete holiness
And delight to follow your statutes
Even now, teach us to follow them
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Prepare us with your living Word
Guide us with your Holy Spirit
Steal from us the love of sinning
And grant us the joy of serving you
Dreaming and waiting for that glorious body
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Dreaming and waiting to see you split the clouds
To behold of your thundering grand entry
How I yearn and pray; waiting for your return
I yearn and plead that these little ones will make it there
And that we will all rejoice in your everlasting reign
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What is the worst that can happen?

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Fear is everywhere

…fear is as common to humanity as the air we breath and to some it is the air they breath.

As humans there are all kinds of things that we fear. I grew up fearing there may be a monster in the thick darkness of the night. I feared I would fail and miss that opportunity to go to the university of choice. As an employee who finally got the job of your dreams you soon start fearing losing it. As a parent you fear what might become of your children. As a lover you fear losing your beloved. I fear my country may go to war. You fear that disease will kill you before achieving your dreams…fear is as common to humanity as the air we breath and to some it is the air they breath.

There’s reason to fear

The unfortunate news is that we have good reasons to fear for it’s inevitable that some of our fears will catch up with us sooner or later, maybe not all of it but some of it and perhaps the scariest of all.

That doesn’t sound like the news you were expecting but I can clarify that it wasn’t a slip of the tongue for you do have reasons to fear…you will die someday, you may end up losing that job, your country may end up going to war and your loved one may turn their back on you sooner or later…And unfortunately, hiding away from it won’t make it go away.

But what is the worst that can happen anyway?

I think if you haven’t asked yourself this question then you must consider it now. What is the very worst that can happen to me down here? Is it getting an incurable disease, losing my job, an unplanned pregnancy, losing a parent or child, war, divorce…What is  the scariest of all my fears?

…No the worst that can happen is not even dying, it’s dying as a sinner

I bet you have some answers but I will suggest to you that the very worst that can happen to you now; isn’t losing your job, a child, a parent, becoming handicapped, going to war or a fatal diagnosis…No the worst that can happen is not even dying, it’s dying as a sinner, dying without the hope of salvation and with an assurance of eternal damnation.

Bigger reasons to fear

There’s nothing scary than appearing before God with even the slightest taint of sin; coming to judgement day with the stench of your sin weighing heavily on you is worse than all the fears you can have now within a timeline of eternity. You think you have reasons to fear; there are bigger reasons to fear facing God as a sinner whose sins have not been atoned for. …For God is a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). 2 Samuel 6 is a story of a man  (Uzzah) who by simply touching the ark of God,  The LORD’s anger burned against him  because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God. The death of Jesus on the cross is a perfect example of God’s anger burning against his own Son for the sins of man. You obviously don’t want to face God as a sinner. 

The wonderful news

…But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed…

Many people tend to think of this as simply a threat but it is not a threat if it’s bound to happen. As a matter of fact it is wonderful news for God to tell you now of what is bound to happen before it happens. And like we say in investment language, you can make an informed decision. Even greater news is that this perfect God of justice is also a perfect God of love and has supplied a ransom in his son for all who would believe in him (see John 3:16, Mark 10:45, Isaiah 53:5…But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed).

The hope in Christ drives out fear

Hence the Christian can say they have no reason to worry as they will come before God with an assurance of being right before him as he has believed in the one who paid the price for their sins. And there’s no reason to fear because the biggest fears have been dealt with and God is sovereign even in this life now.

In summary, if you haven’t received God’s offer of salvation in Christ, you have bigger reasons to fear than you can imagine or evade. And for all who have trusted in the saving grace of Christ, there’s only a joyous anticipation of that dreadful day when the world will be judged as their sins are fully paid. What’s more, whether in life or in death, we live in Christ and die only to gain(see Philippians 1:21).

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Already fully and awesomely paid to work

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A salary before the job

It’s only in Christian service that you get all the rewards way before you even start to work. What do I mean? Every Christian has a mandate to serve the Lord Jesus but it is a job where the rewards are already credited to they account. Obviously, like any other worker, provision is needed through God’s people but a Christian’s motivation to serve is not tied to the end month pay but from what Jesus has already done and promised.

The payment outweighs the labour

Our master, the Lord Jesus, has freely given us the greatest blessing a man could ever need, the forgiveness of sins(Psalms 32:1 Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.). He has made us an assurance to always be with us and help us as we serve him now unlike absent bosses that demand results(Matthew 28:20b). And made us an eternal promise, an unfading glorious inheritance sealed by the presence of Spirit in us(Ephesians 1:14).

Get to work

Therefore, all that we need to do is go on serving Jesus by serving the world with Gospel. We don’t serve because someone is watching but because we want to please our master who is above. We don’t need a pay rise or acknowledgement to give us some motivation to serve Jesus as we already have more than we need for an eternity. All we need to do is go out and joyfully and lovingly serve others with the Gospel as we look forward to the day our master returns to gather his harvest home.

Our motivation is that our master would be pleased with our lives as living sacrifices following Christ’s example.  And my prayer is that the Lord would be pleased by the few years I have under the sun to serve him by loving him with my mind, my heart, my soul and strength.

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