“Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:28-29, NASB95)
Over the weekend I heard about a survey of ninety-somethings. They were asked if they could do it all over again what they would do differently. Here are the top three responses:
1. They wish they had taken more risks.
2. They wish they had taken the time to enjoy the journey more.
3. They regret that they spent so much of what they had on this life and had little for what lie ahead.
We who have bowed the knee to Jesus Christ have received a kingdom that cannot be shaken or taken away. Jesus taught us to make this kingdom our first priority rather than our lives in this world. When we consider God’s amazing love, mercy and grace, when we take inventory of all the blessings He’s given us, then we are compelled to express our gratitude through works of loving service to Him. We take risks for His kingdom; we rejoice and give Him thanks in every circumstance, enjoying what He has given us; and we make it a priority to do things for His kingdom and His righteousness. In so doing, we lay up treasures in heaven and finish our race with no regrets.
One day we will all stand face-to-face with The Consuming Fire. Everything we have done in this life will be tested in that fire. The wood, hay and stubble of our lives will be consumed. What will remain will be the non-consumables—gold, silver and precious stones—those things we have built upon Jesus Christ. May God help us have reverence and awe today, building with the right stuff!
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