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Day 35 – Issue 41

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Be Still Know

1 Peter 1.23 NLT

‘You have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.’

Terry Pratchett, the famous humourist and novelist, wrote, “It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it’s called Life.” Life here on earth is indeed brief, but Peter encourages us to look beyond, to see that God’s intention for us is to enjoy eternal life. When we hear that expression, we are inclined to think about the future, but the New Testament writers were absolutely clear that it starts right now. The moment you give your life to Christ you are born again. A new life begins and because that life comes from God it is indestructible.

It can never come to an end because it is founded upon a relationship with our eternal God. Jesus made this very clear when he told his disciples, “I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” (John 5.24).

The blessing of recognising that eternal life begins now is that it gives a new dimension and sense of wonder to our daily life. Each day is not just one more day which is crossed off our allocation of days, but one that has eternal significance. When we meet with other people, we have the opportunity to reflect something of God’s eternal love for them, by showing them consideration and care. When we worship God, we are participating in an activity which will be constantly growing in significance and wonder for us. Today is something to be cherished and enjoyed because it has meaning and purpose far beyond the period of 24 hours.

God has called us to live our lives in the light of eternity. This should certainly not mean that we become be so heavenly minded that we are of no earthly use! The inspiration of eternity should cause us to celebrate the gift of each day and to see the full value of every moment that God gives us here on earth.

Question: How will living in the light of eternity affect your life today?

Prayer: Lord God, I thank you for the precious gift of today. Help me to use it to your glory. Amen

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