New Heaven, New Earth; What Are We Doing With This One?
What About Today?
This is a rambling day for me. A day of self examination, so some of what I say may not make sense. But that's okay too. That's what happens when one talks to themselves out loud. Folks sometimes don't know what they are talking about. But for me, its a way to clear my head. Bet you thought this would be about taking care of our planet, huh? Oh Well.
There's a gospel song that says, "People get ready there's a train a comin', don't need no ticket, you just thank the Lord, all you need is faith, and you get on board." There are some other verses to it also, but I keep thinking about how great it will be to see Christ, and live eternally with Him.
BUT, in the meantime there is much living to do here. I ask myself what impact am I making with the gifts I was so freely given? Since Jesus came into my life, how have/do I show His love to others? For the past couple of weeks the messages of SALT and LIGHT from the Bible, Matthew 5: have been all around me. I wrote on it last week, and since then I have hear two other (unrelated, unknown to each other) people talking about it, I have heard it on two TV shows, and an internet download that was given to me some time ago, but I'm just listening to, and yesterday I went to a pastors meeting, and my pastor, who has been gone for several weeks, is preaching this Sunday on SALT and LIGHT (go figure). You can listen to him on tuesday on www.rooseveltcc.org. Anyway, on to my thoughts.
If the SALT (Christians) have lost its savor (usefulness), and if the LIGHT (Christians) have lost their glow, what good are we? Is it enough to be saved and look for heaven, or did Christ mean for us to be continual in our impact in the world we live in? As we look toward heaven, do we as Christians often overlook everything we have here? The Lord has put so much beauty all around us, do I point it out in a way that people can see the fullness of the Lord right here? Each of us are so unique. How often do I just look at the skim or film that covers the outside of a person? That person who talks too much and really gets on my nerves; what would it take to say "God has blessed you with a gift of knowing the right thing to say in most situations." That would be adding a little salt to their life. Or that man who comes to church and really doesn't smell that great, but he's there every Sunday, and never fails to drop a coin or two in the offering plate; What king of savor do I add to his life, and what light, if any, do I show?
I don't want to lose my savor and be good only to be trampled on. And I don't want my light to go out, so that the world doesn't know who I represent, that breeds confusion when there's no light to guide. A new heaven and a new earth will one day be mine, but for today I must keep my eyes and ears on the hear and now, and my heart focused on the precious people around me, as I walk in the LIGHT of Christ Jesus.