“BUY, RENT OR BORROW?”

“DO NOT LET YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED. YOU BELIEVE IN GOD; BELIEVE ALSO IN ME. MY FATHER’S HOUSE HAS MANY ROOMS; IF IT WERE NOT SO, WOULD I HAVE TOLD YOU THAT I AM GOING THERE TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU?” JOHN 14: 1-2 NIV

TODAY’S READING: JOHN 14: 1-12

WE BUY AND RENT HOUSES, CARS, PLANES, AND EQUIPMENT. SOMETIMES, IT IS MORE FINANCIALLY EFFICIENT TO BUY WHEN WE INTEND TO KEEP AN ITEM FOR A LONGER TIME, WHILE WE CAN RENT OR LEASE AN ITEM THAT IS NEEDED FOR A SHORT TIME. FRIENDS OFTEN BORROW AND LEND AN ITEM TO ONE ANOTHER FOR A SHORT TIME. I WAS JUST REMINDED OF A TOOL I BORROWED FROM A FRIEND SEVERAL MONTHS AGO WHICH I NEED TO RETURN. PERHAPS, YOU ALSO HAVE BENEFITED FROM A BORROWED ITEM.

WHEN JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED, HE WAS BURIED IN A ‘BORROWED’ TOMB. HIS TRUE FOLLOWERS KNEW OF HIS PROMISE TO RISE FROM THE GRAVE IN THREE DAYS. EVEN AFTER KNOWING OF JESUS RAISING LAZARUS FROM THE GRAVE, MOST DID NOT TRULY UNDERSTAND OR DOUBTED AND MOURNED HIS DEATH. BUT, ON THE THIRD DAY JESUS INDEED ROSE FROM THE GRAVE. THE HUGE STONE ROLLED AWAY WHILE ROMAN SOLDIERS GUARDED THE TOMB.

NOT KNOWING OF THE TRUTH OF JESUS RISING IN THREE DAYS, A RICH MAN NAMED JOSEPH HAD GIVEN THE TOMB HE HAD CARVED FOR HIMSELF SO THAT JESUS COULD BE BURIED. LITTLE DID JOSEPH KNOW, HE WAS ONLY ‘LOANING’ THE TOMB.

WHAT ABOUT YOUR LIFE ON THIS EARTH? ARE YOU BUYING INTO ALL THE WORLDLY PROMISES? DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE TO HAVE THIS OR THAT? WE KNOW WE ‘CAN’T TAKE IT WITH US’. SO, WHY ARE ALL THE MATERIAL THINGS SO IMPORTANT? MAYBE WE SHOULD CONSIDER OWNING LESS OF THE EVILS AND TEMPTATIONS OF THIS WORLD.

HAVE YOU BOUGHT A PLACE IN HEAVEN? YOU CAN’T RENT IT OR BORROW IT. ETERNITY WITH GOD IS NOTHING YOU CAN BUY WITH MONEY OR DEEDS. YOU CAN BUY YOUR PLACE IN HEAVEN ONLY WITH FAITH…FAITH IN KNOWING JESUS IS YOUR SAVIOR…YOUR ONLY SAVIOR.

TODAY’S PRAYER: “LORD, HELP ME LIVE MY LIFE AS YOU WOULD HAVE ME. CLEARLY, HELP ME SEE THE DIFFERENCE OF BUYING INTO THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD AND BUYING MY PLACE IN HEAVEN THROUGH THE FAITH YOU HAVE GIVEN ME. AMEN!”