The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Life of Our Lives"
"Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? And in Thy name have cast out devils? And in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:22-23).
"This is the will of Him that sent Me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:40).
Regarding salvation and the assurance of Heaven to come, to do the will of the Father is to see and believe on the Son. The matter involves not doings, but rather life and death. That is, apart from the Lord Jesus, human beings are spiritually dead.
"If ye believe not that I am He, ye shall die in your sins…. Ye will not come to Me that ye might have life" (John 8:24; 5:4).
Those mentioned above who celebrated their "many wonderful works" were nevertheless "alienated from the life of God" (Ephesians 4:18). They did not live in spiritual proximity to the One who "is our life" (Colossians 3:4). Thus, the Lord Jesus declared them dead and most certainly inappropriate for future citizenship in a Heaven populated only by living beings, be it Divine, angelic, or human. It matters not how many earthly works one does, important as they may be, a spiritually dead human being cannot enter and abide in an eternally living realm, alive in the vitality and animation of He who declared, "I am… the life" (John 14:6).
As the old hymn exults, "Nothing in my hands I bring, only to Thy cross I cling." We will, however, bring something - Someone - in our hearts when we appear in Heaven. The living Christ who made us alive not because we worked for Him, but because we came to Him, will provide our entree and eternal access into a Heaven forever teeming with the life of God. Thus, our determination to direct all glory to the only One worthy of it will lead us in praise and thanksgiving for the Christ who died for us, that He might live in us as the very Life of our lives.
Thou art the Life, the life of my life,
the joy of my spirit.
A Voice speaks by Your Word.
I more and more hear it.
To live is Christ, it says, nothing else is,
I kneel to draw near it
to hear and respond, in the truth of Thy light,
the grace of Thy Spirit…
Thou art the Life, the Life of my life.
"He is thy life."
Weekly Memory Verses
His greatness is unsearchable.
His understanding is infinite.