Monday, June 10, 2013

Watch Then and Pray


For to this end we toil and humbly strive
Because we have our hope fixed upon God
He is the Savior of all men; we live
For ageless life beyond this sin-cursed sod
The self-indulgent die though yet they breathe
Contentment cannot reign in fruits of greed
Or in crass cravings that rage and bequeath
Where love of self and money mimics need
But when our God, the Kings of kings appears
He will reveal what every heart reveres

The riches of this world are to do good
God richly gives us all that we enjoy
Admonishing that we do as we should
To generously our gifts employ
Laying a foundation beyond this scope
Where true life waits that is the Life indeed
On this we set and fix our panting hope
The Prize for those who give most earnest heed
For grace has given us a higher goal
Not of the flesh but of the formless soul

We wrangle now with demons that deceive
Disputing and distorting righteousness
And some will miss the mark if they believe
The lies of conceit and covetousness
Guard what has been entrusted unto you
Do not grow weary, in due time we reap
What God has said is good and just and true
And he has said, ‘ye will not always sleep’
Watch then and pray, we do not know the hour
When Christ shall come again in glorious pow’r

© Janet Martin

1 Tim.5&6 It seems these two chapters touched on much that my daughter and I pondered/discussed today...riches, fitness, modesty, godliness, knowledge.  

The discussions were initiated by a BIG huff and 'Man! I wish I was rich, then I could...' Knowing what her mother would say she immediately added, 'yes, mom, I know. We are rich, but...':) She must have been doing some thinking because tonight she remarked, "Mom, God's gonna hold North America pretty accountable, isn't He, considering everything our forefathers brought with them in faith etc and how this nation has been blessed and yet many have chosen to forsake what it was founded on...

Yes, He will! 'To whom much is entrusted much will be required'

 "Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed." (1 Corinthians 15:50-52).

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