The Ultimate Aim
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‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride, beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4 (NIV).
When I read this scripture it always reminds me of our ultimate aim. To have eternal life and to live with God forever in His dwelling place. With the state of the world with all its pleasures and temptations, it is so easy to take our eyes of the target that we have. We live in perilous times and will be until the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ for His bride, the Church. As we embrace this truth according to the word, that Kingdom will rise against kingdom and nations against nations, we can be rest assured that we remain in a kingdom that will never be shaken and a kingdom that will remain for ever. I believe on that day, when Jesus comes there will be three groups of people.
The first group are: ‘Those who almost made it’ - Matthew 25:1-13 tells the story of ten virgins. Five who were ready with oil in their lamps, waiting for the bridegroom to arrive, and five who were not ready. They were invited to the wedding, but became relaxed in their preparation for his coming. But when the bridegroom came they were unprepared. They almost made it! But they didn’t.
The second group are: ‘Those who did not make it’ - Luke 16:19-26 tells of the story of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man represents those who will not make it because they rejected Jesus. By rejecting those who are in need we are rejecting Jesus. Mother Teresa once said, ‘in everyone, I see Jesus.’ She saw Jesus in the lepers, the aids victims and the poor. Anyone and everyone.
And finally the third group are: ‘Those who make it’ - Just like the five virgins. Revelation 7:9-14 tells of the great multitude from all over the world who make it. ‘These are they who have come out of the great tribulation: they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb.’
The race is not for the swift but for those who endure to the end. Life is a fight to get through to the end. If we focus on our ultimate aim we will make it.
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