Looking forward to heaven

Blake Stowers

I recently read an article about Billy Graham that stated a man who is not changed on the inside, is not born again.

Accepting Jesus Christ, devoting yourself to prayer and trying to do the right things are ways we change on the inside. 

Changing on the inside, changing in your spirit and in your heart are things that happen to the born again man or woman. The Bible reads that we should follow the old ways. Jeremiah 6:16 reads: Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”

I’ve received a lot of kind feedback from my writings in these columns. A kind of silent goal I’ve had is to be inspirational when I write about the topics I talk about. Over the past several months, I’ve had several people compliment me about being inspirational. Let me be clear, I’m not patting myself on the back here, I want to point out how God’s used me to talk to people about tough stuff. I want you to come out on top. I want you to know that your relationship with God is the most important thing. It’s taken me a long time to learn this and some days it is still a struggle to keep that in mind. 

The devil can zero in on us sometimes and throw temptation at us. He brings things to the table that may appear better than staying with the Lord. Stay with him anyway. As a friend of mine says, you can’t live with one foot in the world and another in Christianity. 

That little encouraging word you give to someone at the water cooler at work could be the difference in his or her day, which may not be going as good as it looks on the outside. We’re all very good at pretending that things are fine when they may not be going very well. We all are Oscar eligible sometimes. But, God loves us and helps us to grow in him.  

What is this being born again? What is this craziness you speak of Blake? I think it means to be born of the spirit, God’s spirit. We are all one family in the body of Christ. But to the unsaved man my words may seem strange. Don’t let this strange talk scare you, my friend, come over and talk to the Lord, where you will find rest for your souls and fullness of joy in God. 

I was recently at a candlelight service at my church and it was wonderful. I felt full in my heart to see everyone and to think about the great reunion we will have someday in heaven. But, there still tugged at my thought the fact that some may not go. Some reject Christ. God requires we accept his son. You don’t have to be perfect. Jesus was the only perfect person who ever lived. Living in eternity in some location is worth giving thought to. It is forever.   

It’s a battle to serve the Lord. Things pull on you inside your mind, inside the world. The thing the Lord’s been pressing on my mind lately is to keep my mind on heaven. This can be hard to do sometimes. We get caught up in the things of this world and lose our focus on his wishes and commands.

I hear there is a feast in heaven and mansions. In 1 Corinthians 2:9 it reads: “But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

Sounds pretty good, right?

Jesus said we will have trouble in this world, but to not worry he has overcome the world.

Blake Stowers is a reporter at the Daily Telegraph. Contact him at bstowers@bdtonline.com.

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