Monday, November 23, 2015

What to be Thankful for When You Can't Find Your Ivory Tower

I’ve been thinking of ivory towers lately.

Someplace terrorists won’t target, unborn babies are safe, and recreational marijuana isn’t legal.

Appropriately, this song comes to mind: “This world is not my home.”

But while I’m just a-passin’ through,” it sure would be nice to find an ivory tower to live in.

The Bible tells us very little about heaven—mainly what won’t be there.
                No tears.
                No sighing.
                No night.

And it leaves the rest to our imagination.

Imagine this:“There will be no more curse.” (Revelation 22:3)
                No terror attacks.
                No abortions.
                No drugs.

No more gossip, strife, impatience, unthankfulness.

Sin won’t exist.

While we live here, we will never find an ivory tower, because we can’t escape the problem of sin. Around us. Or in our own hearts.

If we did find an ivory tower, not one of us would fit there.

In Colossians, Paul tells us that out of everything there is to be grateful for, one thing sits at the top of the list.

Our Father has qualified us “to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Col. 1:12)

We will fit in a place one day where there will be no more sin.

When you can’t find your ivory tower, be thankful for this.

“Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us
to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.“ (Colossians 1:12)


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Monday, November 16, 2015

How to Find Comfort in the Midst of Change

In this month of thanks, I’m thankful for seasons. I’m thankful that summer turns to autumn, and winter turns to spring. I’m thankful that change happens, and life’s seasons come and go.

More than that, I’m thankful that every season of life is in the hands of a powerful, loving God.

“My times [seasons] are in your hand.” (Psalm 31:15)

People come and go in our lives. Circumstances change. Life’s autumns turn to winter. Springs turn to summer. And life’s interchanges are often a mixture of joy, sighs, smiles, and tears.

But committing our lives into Someone Else’s care, as Jesus did in His dying breath, will keep us standing, walking on straight paths, and running the race set before us.

We can’t stop the changing seasons of life, but we can leave them in the hands of the One who planned them.

“He changes the times and the seasons.” Daniel 2:21

Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” Luke 23:46

Click here to listen to the final lesson in the series on The Words from the Cross.

Photo courtesy of Tony Morrell