Most of us strive to give our children the best we can. We kiss their boo boo’s and brag about their masterpieces. We teach them right from wrong and hope they grow into a tribute to humanity. We make sure all their needs are met, or do we?
Inside each of us an innate belief that there is more to life than just here today and gone tomorrow. That we just return to the earth and that is the end. We all put off thinking of death. It seems centries down the road. Our time here goes so quickly and if nature prevails we will leave our children behind. When you’re gone who will they lean on?
I know good people who refuse to believe in God. “This life is all there is,” they say. There are no miracles, and God is a fairy tale that has been handed down through the generations. Yet, when tragedy hits, God is the first name they cry out. This is the only time some children hear God’s name mentioned in their home.
Nature isn’t always dependable. Occasionally children greet death before parents. What if there is a God? What if there is an eternity?What if there is a judgment day? I hear people say, “God wouldn’t harshly judge a good person”. Would you open your home to a stranger? That’s what we are until we come to Jesus. When we spend time learning, talking, and honoring him, that’s a relationship. He knows us and we know him, we become part of his family tree.
My family is my greatest treasure. Preparing them for their future is always the right thing to do. I would rather be wrong here on earth than in the hereafter!
This scripture gets folks in an awkward situation.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
19 Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is within you, whom you have [received as a gift] from God, and that you are not your own [property]? 20 You were bought with a price [you were purchased with the precious blood of Jesus and made His own]. So then, honor and glorify God with your body.
No one wants to feel like a slave, wars have been fought over this very subject. It’s hard to accept that your body is not your own! But what does this mean? Let’s take a look at the word slave.
one that is completely subservient to a dominating influence. First of all, no one is completely subservient, we can’t be, it is in our genes to want what we want when we want it! We all will step outside the rules even if it’s just a small step. The difference is, most slaves face physical or mental punishment for even these small infractions.
Now, let’s look at the word servant:
A person who performs duties for others, especially a person employed in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant. A servant is a helper, a personal attendant for someone else. If you make a mistake the worse thing that could happen is you get fired. But God isn’t going to fire you, he may remind you of how better to do your task but you don’t have to be afraid of physical or mental punishment. Why would he want to disable his only form of the body here on earth? He is a spirit without flesh and bone body, you are that body. Serving Jesus may make you a target for non-believers but remember, that’s what you once were. How many times did you mock or avoid servants of Jesus? Don’t feel bad, you aren’t alone in this statement. We all ran in the beginning, why I don’t know, yet we did!
Now that you see the difference between a slave and a servant. Think of how many souls will be seated around your table at the banquet in heaven. Those are the souls that a servant saved from hell.