|June 10, 2004|
ROAD TRIP: My wife and I are on for our trip up north to reconnoiter places to move to. I've developed an itinerary of the cities (and peripheral areas) we are mainly interested in checking out. So, if any of you want to show us around an area then please us at email@example.com.
ONLINE SCHOOL: The online school is still doing well. Its success is helping me to work on the apologetics version which is now one third done. I am currently writing the evolution section and it will contain new information not found on the CARM website. If you are interested in signing up for it after it is released, great. But, I honestly recommend that you first learn your Christian theology. In all my apologetics endeavors over the past 24 years, I've found that my knowledge of Christian doctrine has been essential. Besides, you'll need it when the errors of false religious systems are exposed. Without a good foundation, you cannot build a strong house.
FULL TIME: Do you ever get those feelings where you know a change is coming? That is how I feel about CARM, my work situation, and moving. It is all going to change soon and I am about ready to take the step of faith to do CARM full time. Its close. Please pray about this if you feel led.
JOB SITUATION: As some of you know, my job situation has been rather tentative lately. The writing is on the wall. Since my wife and I want to move to Idaho, Washington, Oregon area, I am looking for work in the computer field (so I can get a home loan), so we can move and buy a house. Anyone know of anything? if so, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seriously, we are ready to get out of this area and move. The Lord will open
CARM ON PDA: I've begun converting the entire CARM website to PDA. Actually, it is just a stripped down version of CARM with NO graphics. It seems to be around 22 megs. Sound like a good idea? It is, but now I'm buried again with work. If you feel like spending lots of hours continuing converting it to PDA format, let me know. All you have to do is take the stripped version I've got so far and fix the bugs, broken links, etc. I have been using Front Page to do this. If your interested, step up the plate and take a swing!
Rewards: Sometimes I find myself looking heavenward and wondering what it will be like to dwell in God's presence. I know it will be wonderful. But, for now I want to live for God and do as much as I can to bring Him glory and point others to Him. There is nothing else that matters when compared to His greatness, His glory, His wonder, His beauty, and His grace. What else is there? Why live if I cannot live for Him? Why strive if it doesn't glorify Him? Why seek to work and accomplish in this life if it is not for Him, the sovereign and gracious King?
We can accomplish much in this world. We can gather possessions and money. We can raise families. We can show kindness, donate money and time for the benefit of the hurting. We can give and help; yet, if it is not for God's glory, what good is it? Yes, I know that it is good to help people. But, on the Day of Judgment when we are standing in the infinite purity of holy majesty, will those things done to help others really matter? It depends.
Something is good if it is done for the purpose of glorifying God and in the name of Christ; that is, if it is done because it is a response to the Cross and for God's glory. If we feed the poor because it makes us feel better or so that we can be recognized, then our reward has already been given, �And when you pray, you are not to be as the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners, in order to be seen by men. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full," (Matt. 6:5). If we give money to help others because it is a good thing to do, then we have already received our reward in self satisfaction. But, if we help others because it is what God wants us to do, because we have been redeemed by Christ, because we are seeking to demonstrate the goodness of God's grace to others, then that is a good work and the reward is yet to come. �Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done," (Rev. 22:12).
God sees what we do in secret. He knows the motives of our hearts and knows if the center of our lives and deeds is Him or ourselves. The rewards given are commensurate with the motives. Col. 3:23-24 says, "Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men; 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve."
In reality, there is nothing we can do that is pure. We are touched by sin in all that we are. Yet, God says we will receive rewards in heaven. This can only be because of His goodness and grace and not because of what is in us or what we do. I see our rewards as God's gift to us...but for a reason: because He loves us and because we can bring glory to Him.
Many commentators believe that in Rev. 14, the twenty-four elders represent the Christians and the the crowns are symbolic of the rewards God gives to us. Notice what it says, "the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 �Worthy art Thou, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created.� How glorious an opportunity we will have to be able to bow before the Lord and lay before Him all the good things we have done in His name. In reality, anything good we do is because of God's grace and He is the one who should get the credit. I long for that day of bearing all before the Lord and laying my crown before Him to the praise of His glory. He is worthy to receive glory and honor and power.
What is the reason for your life? What is in the depths of your heart? Who do you live for? Are you storing up rewards here on earth, or up in heaven?
1 Cor. 3:8-9,
"Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God�s fellow workers; you are God�s field, God�s building."
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