When I’m Gone

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There will come a day when I’ll no longer be here.   I’ll no longer sit at this laptop typing words about how much God loves you or to encourage you to have faith in Jesus. I’ll no longer bake gluten-free cookies in the kitchen or rush out the door to the store.  I’ll no longer hold up the line talking to the cashier because he’s discouraged, reading his name tag and praying for him the moment I walk away.

I won’t need to pack anything for this trip because I can’t take a single thing with me; my suitcases will sit abandoned, gathering dust.

I will be gone.

All of my things will still be here; books on the shelves and in stacks all around the house, coffee cups in the cupboard and a few in the sink, a drawer crammed with thick fuzzy socks, and probably some chocolate stashed somewhere.

You can have those things if you want them. I won’t need them anymore.

But I’m hoping you won’t need them either. I’m praying you’ll be with me, that you’ll be gone too.

But if you’re still here, if you haven’t been caught up in the air with those of us who have believed in Jesus Christ, if you haven’t been watching how quickly things are unfolding in the world and haven’t been getting ready and now you’re surrounded by questions and fear and shock at the number of those who are suddenly gone, I’ll leave you the most valuable thing I own: my Bible.

You see, I won’t need it anymore. I’ll be at home with the Author.

“That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”  (Romans 10:9-10 NIV.)

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.”  (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NIV.)

 

Crunch Time

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Are you going through a crisis in your life? Or maybe you just have a lot of questions about the things you’re going through and you want answers, you need answers.  The right ones.

The Bible has every answer for every problem you have. That sounds crazy, doesn’t it?  But it’s true.  It’s not just for those individuals who were living during biblical times; it’s for us, you and me, right now.

Do you feel alone?

God says He’ll never leave you.  (Hebrews 13:5.)

Are you having marital problems?

God gives us a plan.  (Ephesians 5:22-33.)

Money issues?

Jesus taught a lot about money.  (Matthew 6:24.  This is only one example.)

Concerns about the lack of morality in the world today?

God explains.  (2 Timothy 3:1-5.)

Consumed with fear or discouragement?

God says He’ll be with you wherever you go.  (Joshua 1:9.)

Afraid to die?

If you choose Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, the best is yet to come.  (John 14:1-6.)

Don’t understand what you’re supposed to do with your life?

God knows exactly why He created you, and He wants to tell you.  (Jeremiah 29:11-13.)

Have serious trust issues?

God is THE One you can trust.  (Proverbs 3:5-6.)

Struggling with illness?

Go to God in prayer.  (James 5:14-15.)

Afraid of what the future holds?

God is always in control. (Isaiah 46:9-10.)

Feel like you’re worthless?

God made you. You have great worth.  (Matthew 10:29-31.)

Do you take the time to read the Bible? If not, why?  (I promise I’m not trying to badger you!)

Are you afraid to read the Bible because you think you won’t understand it? There are so many translations to choose from so you can find one that you understand.  (I use the NIV a lot.)

Are you worried about what other people might think; that you’re some fanatic or nut? Maybe they’ll think that and maybe they won’t.  But don’t worry if they do.  You’ve got a ton of people on earth and in heaven who know you’re very wise to read the Bible and will be cheering you on as you grow closer to God.

Or maybe you’re simply afraid you’ll have to change if you read the Bible. Just remember, the caterpillar changed into a butterfly.  So do you want to crawl around through life or feed on God’s word so you can soar?  Perhaps it’s crunch time for you.

Open up the Bible, my friend, and let it feed your soul.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” (Psalm 32:8 NIV.)

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