Someone once described life as an “incline.” If we are not continually going up, we will undoubtedly slip downward. We can never stay where we are. And when we falter and fall, it is what we do that makes a difference.
Years ago, I heard of a tombstone that contained the words, “He died climbing.” What a profound statement a loved one had made about him. Imagine what we might all accomplish for God if our lives were dedicated to moving upward and forward in love and service to Him!
When Jesus was telling His disciples about His return, He said, “Stand straight and look up, for your salvation is near!” He wanted His followers to focus on what they had to look forward to - not what was going on around them. Concentrating on what is going on around us will cause us to lose sight of what is before us - the joy we have in our relationship with Christ!
If we only focus on the tragedies and troubles, pains and problems that surround us, we will find an excuse to worry and fear, doubt and despair. But, if we embrace the joy of living in and through our Savior and Lord, we will find a peace that passes all understanding and the comfort that comes from knowing that God is in control.
As believers, we can look forward to the return of our Lord and His reign of justice and peace. Rather than fearing what is going on around us, we must constantly, continually, and confidently look forward to Christ’s return and the hope we have of being with Him forever!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to keep our eyes and minds on You and not the things of this world. Give us strength and courage to go forward every day of our lives. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation is near! Luke 21:28
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