Heaven is not our only goal

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, January 1, 2017

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Today’s scripture reading:

Heaven is not our only goal; we have work to do here. And we must keep on doing it until death or until we see the unmistakable return of our Savior.

Matthew 24:32-44 – [Jesus said] “Now learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its buds become tender and its leaves begin to sprout, you know without being told that summer is near. Just so, when you see the events I’ve described beginning to happen, you can know his return is very near, right at the door. I assure you, this generation will not pass from the scene before all these things take place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will remain forever.

“However, no one knows the day or the hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.

“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the Flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the Flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.

“Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left. Two women will be grinding flour at the mill; one will be taken, the other left. So be prepared, because you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.

“Know this: A homeowner who knew exactly when a burglar as coming would stay alert and not permit the house to be broken into. You also must be ready all the time. For the Son of Man will come when least expected. . . .”

Teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart. –Psalm 90:12 (NRSV)

Gus Browning (Texas) titled his story “WHAT TIME IS IT?” Here is a portion of Gus’ story:

“A new year makes me acutely conscious of the passage of time: how we allow calendars and clocks to dominate us, how there is never enough time for what we need or want to do. It reminds me how time changes some things but not others. Time helps heal grief and softens memories of old conflicts and wounds, but the mere passage of time does nto strengthen marriage, friendship, or character.

“. . . we do not know God’s future timetable. . . . in today’s reading Jesus reminds us that only God knows what the future holds.

“The best New Year’s resolution I can make is to appreciate each day God gives me, to become a better steward of my time, and to grow to be more Christlike – the better to serve God.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How will I resolve to serve God this year?

Prayer: Eternal God, teach us to use our days to “gain a wise heart.” Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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