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None of us can claim exemption from the law of sowing and reaping. The same laws that have always governed the universe will govern the declaration of our final destiny. There is no successful way to defy these laws. Not even God Himself is at liberty to set them aside.
If we don’t summon the courage to reject the opposite of life, then life in Christ cannot be ours. Like all other good things, the joys of life in God are the consequences of having a character that is not afraid to make big sacrifices.
A difficulty that one person sees as a problem, another person thinks of as just an annoyance. It’s all relative to what you’ve had to deal with up to now. That ache in your leg won’t seem like much of a problem if there ever comes a day when you don’t have any legs at all.
The Christian gets the most out of this life that can be gotten. And when the goodness of this temporal world has been experienced and used to the Father’s glory, the Father Himself waits for us in eternity with His arms open wide.
We increase our energy by adjusting our motives for doing the things we do. The higher (that is, the more unselfish) our motives, the more energy we have. So if we want to increase our energy, we need to enlarge our desires and elevate our ambitions to a higher plane.
Our lives are going to be changed, for better or worse, by the way we interact with those around us. That’s just the way the world is put together, and it doesn’t do much good to wish it were otherwise. To be human is to engage in “relationships.”
With commitment and hard work, there is nothing that can hinder our evangelism. Paul said, “for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” And Peter exhorted us to work “as by the strength that God supplies.”
It helps to remember that the whole universe was created by a God who is eternal. The comforting thing about God’s eternal nature is not merely that He exists eternally, but that His character is eternal: God is changelessly faithful to us!
Needless to say, I am relieved that “Obeying the Gospel” is now out of my hands and available to be ordered by readers. Now, even if anything untoward should happen to me, the book can still move forward and do whatever good the Lord wills for it to do.
I can’t begin to tell you what a relief it is to complete the writing of “Obeying the Gospel.” With great joy, I wrote the first page on January 1, 2017, on a rainy Sunday afternoon in Meridian, Mississippi. That day was one of the two or three happiest days of my life.