weekly theme #54 A Resurrection People*
week containing the Sunday between November 6-12
I don’t know exactly how the end of life as we know it will look, but I do know that a component of it is a measuring. God will measure the faithfulness and fruit of my life. God has given me opportunities, I dare say responsibilities, which I neglect, squander, or fulfill. In the end, “on that great resurrection day”, I’ll be rewarded for my obedience and humbled for my lack of it.
My God became flesh. How amazing that he would take a physical form, starting as a helpless infant, and walk among us. Most of his life he participated in humanity anonymously. Firsthand he endured lack of faith, outright sin, and silly pride from the dust of the earth. He submitted to abuse from religious leaders, government employees, and the common people. He let us kill him. My God came back from the dead. He defeated death, not just physical or for himself, but spiritual as well, for all his children. With a God like that, why would I doubt, fear, or strive? Why would the future hold any concerns?
This week has stirred up questions that I thought had settled. Maybe they weren’t answered, but they were settled. Details of Jesus’ return to Earth used to fascinate me. What are the signs? What will we do in the one thousand-year reign? How will we look? What is are the details for the resurrection of the dead? All questions I can never answer and all questions that do not impact how I live now. The resurrection that impacts me now is the resurrection of Jesus, providing me a new view of the now as well as the future.
*A Guide To Prayer by Job and Shawchuck provided the scripture references and readings that inspired these reflections. I found this devotional to be the most heart changing of any I’ve used. It truly lives up to its title.