Monday, May 27, 2024

The Poorest of the Poor or Beggars by Choice

It's one thing to read the beginning of Romans 12,
but quite another to live it! Don't you agree? 

Therefore I urge you, brothers, (meaning every believer)
 on account of God’s mercy,
 to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, 
which is your spiritual service of worship.
 2Do not be conformed to this world, 
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
 Then you will be able to test and approve 
what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: 
Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, 
but think of yourself with sober judgment,
 according to the measure of faith God has given you...

Oh, so many perfectly, good reasons can tempt us to

If we could see for a moment what lies beyond the bit we see...

...not one of us would hesitate to prepare today for eternity; 
one glimpse (of either Heaven or hell)
would be enough to convince us completely!

The Gate of Final Breath (unlike the gates in the picture below) 
leaves no loop holes or gaps through which one might escape/return

To ignore or decline or disregard God’s still small voice
Turns us, often quite unawares, into beggars by choice
The poorest of the poor; no joy, hope or peace for the soul
No Father to reply when we cry ‘help my unbelief
No gladness (other than what favor’s circumstance bestowed)
No joy still set before us when we shed mortality
No doubtless proclamation of ‘Greater is He in me

© Janet Martin

sometimes we refer to beauty here as 'glimpses of paradise' ...

...but God tells us differently: 
1 Cor.2:9
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, 
Nor have entered into the heart of man 
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

Wishing you blessed encouragement at the beginning of a new week
on account of God's mercies,..
a life holy and pleasing to God

A few more Sunday evening drive show/car-stoppers!!

The air was dense with purple fragrance! 

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