My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
It Is Done!
Then the seventh angel poured out his bowl upon the air, and a loud voice came out of the temple from the throne, saying, “It is done.”
(Revelation 16:17 NASB)
And there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder;
and there was a great earthquake, such as there had not been since man
came to be upon the earth, so great an earthquake was it, and so mighty.
(Revelation 16:18 NASB)
Here the final plague is poured out on humanity but this time it's
not just on the earth, but it is diffused throughout the air as well.
It is all consuming and all of heave and all of earth are able to
witness what will occur. The result is that God's complete and total
power are revealed to all of humanity -- those who have died and those
who are alive. All can see what he is doing and it becomes the climax
of all time -- with the result that it is all done. The plagues are
over. This is it. God wins!
It's done and God wins! This sounds something like a news headline
after an amazing football game, however, it's not a game. We are all
living our lives here on this earth and there is a constant and
continuous battle which is on-going, but we know the end of that battle.
Jesus has already come and won the victory of life over sin and death
and his kingdom is spreading. The question for us is whether we are
going to participate in his kingdom or not? But since we know which
side will win in the long-run, why do we even consider being on the
wrong side? And yet, that's where many of us find ourselves, fighting
the battle and hanging out on the losing side.
The love of God reaches out through all of time and invites us to
participate in his kingdom. There are times in life when it seems like
it's hard to participate in his kingdom. I get tired and worn out.
Sometimes the other side looks enticing and tries to make it all seem so
easy and yet I am comforted by the fact that God says it's already
done! We know that ultimately the battle is over and so I want to rest
in the arms of the one who has won the victory and will carry me through
to the very end. I don't want to be enticed by momentary pleasure, but
want to stick in there with God for the long haul. I want to know
Christ -- I want to follow him -- I want to be his servant and the power
of God, the power which is able to move mountains, create lightening
and thunder, and shake the earth, is able to keep me as his until that
moment when we hear, "It Is done!"
Lord, thank you for your staying power in our lives. Help us to love you with all that we have. Amen.