A few thoughts from Luke 20 on the resurrection

“And Jesus said to them, ‘The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage’”  Luke 20:34-35

Notice here that Jesus says that it’s not everyone who will attain this resurrection to new life but only those “who are considered worthy”. The resurrection to new life with God is not for everyone automatically. Some will see this new life designed by God for his people and some will not.

Some are worthy and some are not.

When it comes to me, I’d like to go to heaven when I die. I like the idea of my life continuing without the pain and confusion of this life. But honestly am I worthy? God’s standard is perfection and I know that I’ve messed up a lot in my life. I’m not perfect. I am not worthy of new life with God but then again neither is anyone else.

Death came into this world because of rebellion and honestly, we still rebel against our Creator God. It’s easy to see the trouble others are in, but during those quiet time when we honestly think about our own lives, we know that we can’t even live up to our own standards let alone God’s standard of perfection.

We have anger in our hearts towards those around us. Our tongues are used to tear others down instead of building other up in love. And there are many times when we just don’t care about the pain and suffering in this world like God calls us to.

But there is one who is worthy to be resurrected. Jesus lived a perfect life and died a horrible death on a cross. But that was not the end. For on the 3rd day, the women came to the tomb and found it empty. Jesus was resurrected – death was not the end.  Jesus rose from the dead 2,000 years ago in real history. And the bible says that his resurrection is the “first fruits” of new life.

Because of Jesus’ resurrection we can have hope for our resurrection if our faith is in him. The apostle Paul writes about the resurrection in 1 Corinthians. He wraps up this section with this statement: “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory though our Lord Jesus Christ.”

It is by being united to Jesus by faith that we can have the victory over death. Come to him today. Repent of your rebellion, humble yourself at the feet of Jesus and gain hope – hope for your own resurrection.

Death is coming to us all. But Jesus brings us hope. God is a God of life and He has made a way for us to live forever. May this bring you comfort personally and may this bring you encouragement to seek the healing of others now as you join God in bringing the message of life.

One more way to begin loving your neighbour

As a follow-up to my last post, I just thought of one more way you can begin to love your neighbour, especially those neighbours you don’t yet know.

hello-1774Say “Hello”!

Since moving to London over 8 years ago, I have been stuck by how many people, even neighbours, will walk past me without making eye contact.  I know it’s not possible to greet everyone who passes by you on a busy high street, but on a side street, I’ve been surprised at how many people purposely look away as we pass each other.

Yes – I understand that this is part of the London culture.  But I also think it’s part of the culture I’m willing to break.  If you walk past me on a side road, don’t be shocked if I greet you with “Good morning”, “Good afternoon” or even just “Hello”.

Maybe that greeting will lead to a conversation and who knows where that will lead?!

9 ways to love your neighbour as yourself

Jesus tells us in Matthew 22 and Mark 12 that the second greatest commandment is to ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’keep-calm-and-love-your-neighbour-10

I understand that I should love those neighbours that I know – those neighbours who are my friends or acquaintances or even my enemies.

But how do we love those neighbours we don’t even know?

Somehow we’ve got to take the first step of entering into the world of those around us if we are going to love them well.  I’ve been thinking about this question and started a list of ideas which I hope will grow over time.

Practical ways to love your neighbour as yourself 

1. Carry booster cables in your car for those times when someone needs a jump

2. Bake cookies for the workers at the corner store

3. Offer to help your neighbour move when you see a “For Sale”  or the moving truck pull up

4. Cook a meal for someone you hear about who is sick, had a baby or is mourning the death of a loved one

5. Help an elderly person carry their groceries or anything else that’s heavy you see them carrying (I wrote about this here)

6. Stop to play football (or any sport) with kids playing in the street

7. During the winter keep extra gloves and hats in the car to give to those you see on the street in need

8. Shovel the snow and ice off the pavement (sidewalk) of those near you, especially the elderly, sick or single mums

9. Make a cup of tea for those working on your street – telephone repair men, street sweepers, etc

I’m sure there are many, many more practical ways to love our neighbors as ourselves. Any suggestions I could add to the list?

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