So I’ve been reading bits and pieces of the first chapter in the Great Controversy.. Enough to keep going, but not enough to be inspired, impressed and changed. So I decided to take this Sabbath to read more in depth, this book and a few chapters in the Ministry of Healing..l still have yet to get to the latter, but I wanted to share some of what I learned from GC..
“A homeless wanderer, reproach and penury His [christ’s] daily lot, He lived to minister to the needs and lighten the woes of men, to plead with them to accept the gift of life. ” GC p.20
When this life is all you know who’d want to make it eternal. So we’ve got to know of another life, a better life, that’s real and reachable, but that life is only attainable with the recognition of Christ. When you’re willing to give up this life for that life, at any cost and help as many people as you can get there too, you’ve found Christ and understood the gospel.
“He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25 NKJV)
“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
(I John 2:15-17 NKJV)
Don’t find yourself so attached to the things of the world, that when offered life eternal, apart from the attractions this world has to offer, you turn down Christ’s offer.
The idea of “hell” has been made into such a fantasy/tale that the idea of possibly ending up there is used in a joking manner.
When will your life, eternal life, be so precious to you that you do what you must to attain it? Living a life patterned after the One who’s presence pervades heaven. Desiring the One who designed you to seek to love and be loved. To realize His love, then by nature of that love express it to others? When will we realize that the idea of true happiness and joy can be attained, and accept the small things we must go through to attain it. When will we recognize GOD for who He is, and put Him at the helm of our lives…..?
1 John 2:15-17
Sometimes I think we mistake the bible for what it really is. It speaks of itself when it says it’s been given for doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction in right living, all things that at some point go directly against our natural human desires and tendencies.. Who wouldn’t give resistance to something that challenges the way you’ve grown to believe is the right, comfortable and rewarding way of living.. We’ve got to realize that although it may go against all of what you MAY know to be right, hearing, understanding, accepting and living by it will not only enhance your life for now and eternity, but it will also positively affect the atmosphere that you keep to that of a engaging, uplifting, and heavenly atmosphere preparing us for the that perfect character to reach that perfect destination. 2 timothy 3:16