Discover the Truth and it Will Set You Free
By Timothy Whitt
For years I went through life with the attitude that I had all the time in the world to do what I wanted to do. I pushed God's work to the back burner with the promise that someday I would get around to serving the Lord. As the years rolled by this promise of serving God was made over and over again but would never came into fruition.
Then one day, I discovered that my life was as James says in James 4:4, merely a "vapor that appears for a little time, and then vanishes away." I knew I needed to change my attitude towards serving God because this life is really a gift from Him and should be lived in serving Him.
If we are truthful with ourselves, we will discover that for years we have been deceiving ourselves into believing that life here will go and on. Then one day we wake up and discover that it doesn't. That is the day that you get down on your knees and pray to God for some sign of what to do with the rest of your life.
Some people call this the time of mid life crisis. I like to call it a time of opportunity. When I look around I realize the truth of what I have been doing with my life. It has been staring me in the face all along and I don't like it.
It's like that old hound dog that you take out hunting with you day in and day out, it sniffs and sniffs but never finds what is in front if its face. We must learn to react and use senses other than our own judgment in planning what to do with our onwards life.
Realization is painful but necessary. If it weren't painful we would not have all those makeover shows to help us change our current reality so that we can hopefully change our future reality. The mirror does not lie – each day we see more and more lines and wrinkles. We know that life is passing before us and we start to fear our mortality, facing the truth that one-day we are going to die.
Makeover shows are so popular because they give us a false sense of security and a false sense of reality. Feeling, somehow, that if we just erase some of those wrinkles it will add time to our lives, but in the end it doesn't. Then one day we are left once again with the image of a weathered and wrinkled face staring back at us in the mirror.
The problem is that no matter how much we try to change the current reality, the future still holds a time when we will have to stand before Jesus and state why we should be allowed into Heaven. Many people are putting their eternal trust in what they have accomplished in this lifetime – but they are only dealing in a false sense of the truth, not in truth itself.
The Bible tells us over and over again in verses like John 14:16; Acts 4:12 and I Timothy 2:5-6 that salvation is found only in Christ and that the only way we are ever going to get into Heaven is by giving our lives to Him. This does not mean giving our lives to God when we want or when we feel the time is right.
If we look at life from God's perspective and not man's perspective, we will see that God likes us the way we are and that we do not need to try to turn back the clock. We do not know what God has in store for us in the seasons of our lives and we do not like it that we are starting to look a little wrinkled and worn. But when we place our faith and trust in the Lord, no matter what happens, it is good.
I have watched many of my older brothers and sisters in Christ who are facing trials linked to the fact that they are growing older. I have found comfort in the way they are dealing with their problem. They are not running out and getting makeovers or trying to dress like they were in their teens. No they are seeing the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel and what is yet to come. So with a smile on their face and joy in their hearts they are reveling in the fact that one-day they will stand before Jesus with a new body and a new life.
I do not know about you but this is the way I want to view life – with a
Smile on my face, joy in my heart and the knowledge that one day I will hear from Jesus, "Welcome good and faithful servant."
So I urge you, do not put your trust in a temporary fix, such as an extreme makeover that only changes the outside for a season. Instead, put your trust in a true makeover that comes when you give your life and time to Christ – a makeover that changes your heart and soul.
Timothy Whitt is a father of four from Pennsylvania who enjoys writing for the Lord. You can learn more about Timothy at http://www.teachmyneighbor.com and http://www.biblestudy1.com You can write to Timothy through the Letters page of this magazine.
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