I'd Rather be a Ditch Digger in Heaven than a King in Hell
Before I move on to the next topic let me say one more thing about faith. James said that faith without deeds is dead. Deeds can be something very big or very small. Most of us work in the realm of the latter. But please always remember that any way you serve the Lord is never too small. Once planted, the small deed you do in the name of the Lord can never, never be stopped. Finally, never put your faith in your faith. When you do this your faith is misplaced. It is like you are depending on yourself for your own salvation. The object of your faith, whenever, wherever, and however should always be in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Trust: I would be willing to bet that growing up, in most cases, the person you trusted most was your mother. I know in my case I looked to my mother for my food, my clothes, and most of the time, permission and guidance. Later on I put a lot of trust in good friends and now my wife. But my greatest trust is in my Heavenly Father. How could you not have "absolute" trust in someone who sacrificed His only Son for the world. We serve a God who has given us a promise of eternal life. God is perfect and He does not lie, so we can have absolute confidence in that promise.
In 1 Timothy 6:12 we are told to "fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life...." The Bible, which is the only book that is trustworthy, tells us throughout to have trust in the Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 says "trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." Any major decision you make in life should be brought before the Lord first, be patient, wait for the answer. You will have a much better chance of fulfilling your dreams as long as they are Godly oriented. Trust that He will answer you. Then there is Rev: 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup with him and he with me."
Look, how much more trust can you have in His promises. This verse was spoken by the very same man who was nailed to the Cross, shed His blood for you and me in forgiveness of our sins, then JUST as He had PROMISED, rose on that third day, defeating death. This verse from the Man who even after He had risen to sit at the right hand of God the Father is still begging us to follow Him; it is not too late. Oh praise Him! We are so Blessed to have His grace and mercy at our front door, all we have to do is open it. His is still trusting that we will open that door, so please place all your trust in Him.
Obey: Well we finally get to the tough part, obeying. But wait, is it really that difficult to obey Him? Our group is currently reading the book of Leviticus or at least I hope you are, which outlines all the laws God gave the Israelites after bringing them our of slavery in Egypt. I have to tell you that if I today had to live strictly by the Law, you all would be stoning me on a daily basis. I would be so destroyed the devil would not even want me in Hell.
Our obedience is pretty much measured on three things in my mind. (1) Believing that Jesus is our Lord and Saviour. (2) Have no other god before God the Father. (3) Love your neighbor as yourself. You could add another to complete the Great Commission and that is to spread the Good News to all nations. Numbers 2 and 3 pretty much sum up the Ten Commandments and we must accept Jesus for who He is and try to fulfill His final commandments given to us. If we can do these things I would pray for the grace and mercy that God would let me into His Heavenly Kingdom. The final thing is remembering that we are all sinners, we will never be perfect, but with the help of the Holy Spirit and Jesus sitting at the right hand of God the Father interceding for us, our sins will continue to be forgiven now and in the future. We only need to humbly and faithfully repent from our hearts. No matter what my Heavenly rewards may be, I would rather be a ditch digger in Heaven than a king in hell.
I can't wait to see Him face to face in all His glory and majesty along with all of you.
May God Bless Us All, Love Gary
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