Everybody can fall from privilege, nobody can fall from grace.  Now is the time to achieve freedom FROM the world towards freedom TO and IN Jesus Christ.  Our possessions and self-centered desires are obstacles that prevent us from gaining more understanding of God’s heart and His will for our lives to be lived here on earth just as it will be lived in His kingdom.  I am not saying that we need to just forget about all of the obligations we agreed to and debts we have made in life to this point.  I am not saying that we need to sell everything we own and be missionaries in third world countries.  I am saying that we need to gain perspective of our existence here on earth.  In the words of James Thurber, “All men should strive to learn before they die, what they are running from, and to, and why.”

We need to seek Jesus Christ ONLY, nothing more, nothing less, and that will result in a truly filled life.  A part of the mission of the church I am attending is the mission that should be of every church, “to pursue the face of God, not just his hands.”  When we pursue His face, everything else will fall into place.  Abide in Jesus and allow him to abide in you.  Christianity is not just a one-time decision or a few simple words said in a prayer.  Christianity is a commitment to a relationship that once it is obtained requires us to change our ways of thinking and acting.  Christians take up the name of their Lord and Savior and have the ability and therefore the obligation to live up to it.  Let us be honest with God, with others, and with ourselves because when we face reality and be authentic, only then will we have the opportunity to be united in love and peace.

Genesis 2:15 says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to WORK it and take care of it.” The emphasis of work is mine because it is the key word.  As Christians, we cannot be content with the way we have been or where we are right now, but need to pray continuously, always following Jesus Christ even when it requires leaving our comfort zones.  We should have no need to fear because we read in Jeremiah 29:11-14, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.   Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.   You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity”  Let us meet God in the garden, talk with him and walk with him now through eternity!

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