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Enjoyment or Deployment?
by Ps. Bill on September 25th, 2013

Rev 12:11
"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”

I am reading through Revelation again, and as usual God continues to speak through passages that we have read many times before.  When I arrived at the passage above the last part of the verse stood out to me.  “...they did not love their life even when faced with death.”  How many of us could say that?

We go through each day complaining about the “hardships” of the day, the uncertainty of our political and economic situations, our physical liabilities, our relational struggles, our work loads... . yet when we are faced with a life threatening situation we begin to question God as to how He could even think of doing something like that to us.   We don’t have time to die, we are so wrapped up in our lives, who does God think He is to ask us to go through those things.   

For some reason we have the idea that being a believer in Christ means that we are to be exempt from hardships and we are supposed to be on this spiritual vacation until He comes and takes us to His presence where things really get good.  But if Christ is the bridegroom and we are the bride then we need to remember that we are in this for better or worse, sickness and health, richer or poorer.  We are to be in submission to His loving will believing that He will not ask us to do anything that He will not equip us for.  Horace Woodward, the man who started Beloit Road Baptist back in 1941 used to say, “Everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.”   

As believers in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior we need to remember that He did not save us for our earthly enjoyment, but rather for our earthly deployment.  We are His soldiers.  We do not send our men and women to Iraq and Afghanistan for a warm weather vacation, they are deployed into battle and sometimes it costs them their lives.  How are you doing in your deployment?  Just remember that at the end of our deployment we get to go home, not to the things of this world, but into the presence of a loving heavenly Father.

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Julie - September 25th, 2013 at 9:38 PM
Thanks Pastor Bill I needed to read that.
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