THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: TRANSITION FROM THIS LIFE TO THE NEXT. It’s really one seamless eternal stream that began when we were born, at least physically. It actually began in the eons of eternity already past. Our roots and origins lie with God before time began. Consider God’s words to Jeremiah; [Jeremiah 1:5] “Before I formed you in the womb I KNEW YOU; Before you were born I SANCTIFIED YOU; I ORDAINED YOU a prophet to the nations.” It’s difficult for us to grasp the concept of eternity…eternity past and future. We existed and exist in both dimensions. First in God’s mind, then came our birth and what is yet to come for us is the transition between this life and the next. Jose has experienced that, he has made the leap to his heavenly home. He hasn’t died, it isn’t the end of anything it is the continuing of a life God created for His eternal glory. Our separation from Jose is temporary….we’re all on the same journey, we are just getting to our destination at a different time. THIS IS THE HOPE THAT IS ONLY RESERVED FOR BELIEVERS IN JESUS CHRIST. [2 Corinthians 5:7-8] “For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.” Let’s not just focus on the physical realities…but ON THE ETERNAL. All of us are temporary residence in the physical world heading toward an incomprehensible eternal dwelling place with Jesus. Our calling and responsibility is to use this life we have on earth, to the best of our ability, for God’s glory. That’s what Jose did. Let’s all honor Jose’s life by striving to be what he was. A Christian with integrity driven by a desire to do the will of God and see people saved. All of us are HEADING TOWARD A TRANSITION FROM THIS LIFE TO THE NEXT. The best we can all do is make this life count for God as much as we possibly can. THAT’S WHAT JOSE DID.
– Pastor Stephens