The accumulation of birthdays changes us in many ways. We lose our physical abilities; our bodies show outward signs of change that we certainly do not appreciate. I obviously think it is important to increase the quality of life while we are here. I perform many services to address these issues the best that I know how. Eventually we wear out. Our time will come.
When you look in the mirror who do you see? Do you see the person you know is battle-worn and ready for whatever is coming, or do you see someone who is fearful, anxious, and consumed with all the trappings of the here and now? Generally, the more physically fit and the better we look (this for the acceptance of others), the more prepared we will be to accomplish our tasks. This does not mean that those who have disabilities or a less than what others would consider a pleasing appearance do not have the capacity or ability to accomplish their tasks. I believe that if you have good self-esteem and can learn to love yourself, you are going to be in position to take on the mantle of Christ.
What I am saying will mean more to people like me that have accumulated more birthdays. As life progresses, the tendency is to start focusing on what happens to us when we leave this life. We reflect more on what truly matters and less on the things that do not. We all strive to “fit in,” which is normally dictated by society. Trends and fads dominate. Peer pressure shapes far too much of our desire to fit in with our peers and our culture. Those things may lead to “success” here on earth, but I also see where it becomes an obsession that can consume us and distract us from what truly matters.
What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self?” Luke 9:25 NIV
Our struggle is that we live in a lost world, and we work hard to fit in for temporary gain and satisfaction that leads to wanting more of the same. We need to change our focus to gain the everlasting satisfaction and happiness. Satan’s mission is to separate us from God. If he succeeds, he thinks he has won. The problem is that Satan will ultimately lose and spend eternity in the lake of fire like everyone else who is lost. This includes the one-third of the angels from Heaven who left willingly to join him.
This tells me two things. First, that the angels have free will and even though they were with God and saw Him, they chose the promise of Satan. They can never be redeemed and will ultimately be in the lake of fire. Second, Satan has control of the earth for now. His goal is to corrupt us so that he can try to show God he is superior. He knows God is all powerful but appears to have a powerful delusion that he will prevail. It is far easier to follow the world (Satan’s world) than choose to follow God.
Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” Matthew 7:13 NIV
Taking the path of least resistance (the wide gate) may seem like the thing to do. It may be the “cool” thing or accepted by whatever group that influences you, but ultimately it leads to your exclusion from eternity in Heaven. The people who choose the wide gate become pawns for Satan. We are all lost until we decide to follow Jesus. From the age of accountability (which is different for everyone) when we can understand who Jesus is and are mature enough to decide, our struggle begins. Until the age of accountability begins, God’s grace covers us and if we die, we will go to Heaven. While it has reunited many and is another way to communicate with others, Social Media has become a primary tool for Satan. Satan uses it to deceive, intimidate, bully, coerce and control us. We need to be aware of this lurking in the ads and messaging bombarding us daily. With the censoring of Christian values while promoting anti-Christian practices and beliefs, Social Media is causing a shift that only we can reverse.
Our only chance to reverse this trend is to turn to God. Our purpose first, is assure our own salvation. We must stand against evil when we see it and identify it for others to see. We must also let others know there is better way, even if the gate is narrow and the road is rocky. Most will not listen or see. This is frustrating for those of us who see. Our mission is to give them the information (sow the seed). The Holy Spirit will fertilize and nurture the seed and God will harvest it if it produces results. Hopefully, there will be many that follow this through the narrow gate, but it may occur long after we gain our Heavenly reward. We must try to help others see, and after that occurs, encourage, and support them in their walk.
Deciding to follow God and walk through the narrow gate is THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION OF OUR LIFE. If we follow God, He will bless us in ways we cannot imagine. The blessing of eternal life in Heaven outweighs anything Satan may promise in the here and now.
Who do you see when you look in the mirror? I pray you see the person following God, striving to go through the narrow gate. I pray you are encouraged and supported on the path. If, in the mirror, you see someone more consumed by the here and now, you may also follow God if you are willing to accept Jesus and change your life focus. If you need help with your decision and need more information, please go to: www.fairviewbaptistedmond.org.This is the website for my church home. The website has information about how you may change your life. If you are local and decide to visit our church, I would enjoy meeting you. If you are not local, our church can refer to a similar church home near you and you can also watch the livestream of sermons as well as recordings of past sermons and classes.
David Jayne, M.D.
Edited by Ann Jayne