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The Truth About You: Day 5

Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms… I am going to prepare a place for you…and I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am.
John 14:2,3

It’s a curious thing about the Bible. If you are familiar with the beginning, you already know the ending: a perfect world of perfect peace where we will live in perfect harmony under the perfect reign of a perfect God of perfect Love for all eternity.

The truth about you is that you—and all humanity—was made to spend eternity with God. The truth about you—and all humanity—is that, although God has chosen you, you are free to choose or reject Him.

Christianity isn’t a lifestyle option; it is an irrevocable calling (1 John 2:19). To be His image bearer in this very dark world is to willingly expose the corrosion and dust that would erode His identity in us to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to patiently—often painfully—expose the glory of God that is hidden beneath. That process is called sanctification. And it won’t be completed this side of eternity.

Ah, and eternity. We all choose our identity and in so doing, we choose our destiny. For those with a worldview powered by self-improvement through self-effort, time will fade and confuse that original image of God with layers of seeking after what seems right in one’s own eyes (Judges 21:25). And, one day even that poor, distorted likeness will be completely obliterated by the dust of the grave and the judgment to follow.

For those who choose to follow Christ and yield to His Spirit through the painful and glorious process of sanctification, this is the future:

No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see His face and His name will be on their foreheads. There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever (Revelation 22:3-5).

Nancy Shirah

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