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Dr. June Normil
In the midst of Mary's grief over losing Lazarus in John 11, Jesus assured Mary that He has authority over issues of life and death (John 11:25-26). Since that is true, all who follow Jesus will enjoy the blessing of His resurrection power. Our life in Him wil last forever. Among the challenges of life is the temptation to conform to any number of religious expectations, rather than trust the Lord. Paul encountered this tendency to seek out rules and regulations in the disagreements that took place over special days, eating cettain foods, and other issues of the Early Church (Romans 14:7-9). He responded by asserting that life is not about focusing on personal preferences. Our purpose as Christians is to bring honor to our Lord in our lives by loving others and giving faithful service to our Lord. We honor Him in our deaths by leaving a legacy of faithfulness and obedience to Him. Paul declared in Philippians 1:21 that life in Christ should change our whole perspective on death. Because we belong to Him, there is nothing to lose and everything to gain. In this life, we benefit from His care and blessings. In the life to come, we will have unimaginable joy in spending eternity with Him. We can live confidently in this life, assured of His care both now and forever.
THE GOOD FIGHT (2 Timothy 1:10-12; 4:6-8)
NO FEAR OF DEATH (PSALM 23:4; 116:15; 1 CORINTHIANS 15:55-57)
Since our passage from the temporal to the eternal is certain, all that we do during our earthly life is in preparation for our entrance into eternity. As we live in close relationship with our Lord, we heed the instruction of His Word, and live in righteousness before Him. In doing so, you can face the end of your life with confidence and assurance. And, as you live and serve with confidence, your life sets an example for others to follow. So determine to devote your life fully to following Christ and demonstrating to others a pattern for finishing well. May it be said that you, like Paul, have fought the good fight and finisg your course in victory. The crown received from our Lord will be the ultimate reward of being His disciple.
See You In Sunday School Next Week!!!!
Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 97 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug. 2016 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil