Hello [subscriber:firstname | default:Beloved],
This week, I would like to urge you to demonstrate faith as a lifestyle. In Luke 17:26-29, we are told that in the time of Noah as well as in the time of Lot, people ate, drank, were getting married, married their children, bought, sold, planted, built, etc. However, they were surprised and perished when the end came. The above-mentioned activities the people engaged in were not sinful. These were ordinary activities of daily life but, unfortunately, they were so focused on them that they lost their lives, their salvation. The Word of God raises the alarm: « Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed » (Luke 17:30).
The bent woman in the temple that Jesus delivered (Luke 13:11-13) had her eyes glued to the ground because of her infirmity. Many Christians are like this because their minds are set on the things of the earth and not on the things above (Colossians 3:2). They are more preoccupied with their challenges (employment, marriage, marital happiness, childbearing, financing, etc.) and lose sight of what is essential: eternal life. When divine promises tarry in their lives, they are unhappy, desperate, lose their joy and peace. Thus, their prayer life decreases in intensity, and they forget that they are only strangers, simple travellers on this earth. The elects are strong because they are constantly looking up to Heaven. They remain attached to the Lord and serve Him with joy, whether they get from Him what they long for or not! They live by faith (Hebrews 10:38).
The Bible mentions in Hebrews 11 the heroes who made faith their lifestyle: this fleeting earthly life could not be compared to the eternal glory that awaited them. They longed for their heavenly home (Hebrews 11:16) where extraordinary things are in store for them and comfort for of all their afflictions. For the joy that was set before Him in the glorious Heaven, the Lord Jesus did not look to His own interests on earth either, but accepted the sacrifice of the cross, despising the shame, that is the dishonor and reproach. (Hebrews 12:2).
You too, Beloved, emulate these heroes of faith and imitate Christ! Do not be attached to the Lord because of what He gives you but for what He is. I am not telling you that you should refrain from making requests to God about employment, childbirth, healing, marriage, finance, building or buying a house, etc. Far from it! But as you do so, show your faith by setting your mind on the things above and correct your walk accordingly!
The eternal happiness, joy, and consolation that God has in store for you can in no way be compared to the satisfaction you can derive from the things of the earth. Therefore, direct your choices accordingly and accomplish your works by faith, constantly thinking of the heavenly reward that awaits you and which you will enjoy for all eternity.
May God bless you!