What is the end in mind? For me, the end is living eternally with inexpressible joy in God’s Kingdom. It is simply perfect happiness in its essence. We have glimpses of that joy even now- in a child’s birth, in a joke, in the satisfaction of doing something good for someone else, in an answered prayer and etc. In short, God ‘winks’ at us every once in a while. He lets us know that He loves us and that He is active in our lives.
The same day that I was born, my dad (a Pastor) was performing a funeral service and was urgently called away from that event to be with my mother who was giving birth. The city was Sioux Falls, the state was South Dakota and the year was 1976. So my dad saw death and new birth on the same day. We often see contrasts in life, but that will not always be the case.
I’ve lived in 11 states so far in my life and also in British Columbia, Canada. And as of today, I have traveled to 26 countries. I’ve seen a lot of things in my 40 years on this earth but eternity lets me know that I haven’t even scratched the surface of being part of new experiences. I want to live in an Eternal Kingdom. The world just isn’t enough. I want more. Maybe you want more as well?
We are not merely natural beings, we are spiritual. We were created as social beings to connect not only with each other but to be in a loving and connecting relationship to our Creator. God can be trusted. He proved His love for us by dying for us on the Cross but that event has no significance for us unless we get to really know who God is and begin communicating with Him on a spiritual level. Learning how to communicate with God is a process that lasts a lifetime. It is both an art and science.
Learning to cooperate with the Holy Spirit is what every God-follower will want to do. I recently read a great article on this topic, check it out here.
The hardest lesson for me to learn in life is that I don’t need to invent new ways to serve God or please Him but instead, learning how to submit to God is already empowering me to do things with Him, in His time and manner. This becomes even harder when we have to wait. I too often become impatient and take matters into my own hands, then I have to deal with the consequences. The consequences aren’t always pleasant. How do you deal with waiting on God?
Begin right now with the end in mind. God gives us hope. You haven’t messed up too much to be fully restored again. In life we are disciplined and sharpened up. It doesn’t feel good to be pruned by God, but it is necessary. You are now being trained for living eternally in God’s Kingdom. You are not a mistake. Don’t give up. Begin with the end in mind.