Date: September 28, 2014 10:34 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Are We Heavenly Minded?
Are We Heavenly Minded?
"Jesus said to her, 'Your brother will rise again.' Martha answered, 'I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.' Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life...'" (John 11:23-25)
Scripture Focus: John 11:17-44
Life does not always turn out the way we would like. As Christians, we can console ourselves with the reminder that a heavenly future awaits us. But if we are too heavenly minded, we may forget that what we believe matters today, as well.
Lazarus's sister, Martha, knew that one day all believers will experience a resurrection to eternal life. Yet it seems she did not think of the resurrection as relevant to her current situation. In her mind, the promise of new life belonged to a future day.
Jesus reminded her that He “is” the resurrection and the life, not that He “will be.” Her belief in Him was not just for an eternity that would begin after death. Eternal life begins now and extends across death. "Whoever lives and believes in me will never die" (vs. 26). Then He proved His power over death by bringing Lazarus back to life.
Martha learned that her faith in Jesus Christ is not just for the future. Faith in Him makes a difference in our present, earthly lives, too. Eternity actually begins today.
Insight: Has compartmental thinking discouraged you in your present situation? Know that our faith is relevant to both our earthly life and our heavenly one!
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