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The Corner

 

Dear Friends,

What is the greatest compliment someone has ever paid you? I was thinking about my life and how Iíve been living it and wondered how people will describe me after my departure from this earth. I became a redeemed son of God at the age of five, a husband at twenty-five and a father two years later. I am aware that I have been building a legacy that can die with me or be passed on to further generations. As such, I have taken an active role in introducing God to my children. My oldest son is like a sponge, always ready to hear more and asking for it even after a long day when Iím so tired that I donít even know my middle name. But itís an investment in his future that will pay eternal dividends which I will see one day when I get to heaven. I know that as long as I faithfully do what God has for me, there will be a good harvest because God is in control. (1 Corinthians 3:6-9)

Jesus didnít come to this earth to have a good time but with the express purpose of providing redemption for mankind. That didnít mean He was all business and never relaxed, because we know He had personal friends, but He was about His Fatherís business. Jesus picked twelve men who would follow and learn from Him and in time they emulated everything He said and did. After He had ascended and Holy Spirit arrived, Peter and John stood preaching in the temple and the Jewish political leaders that hated and wanted them dead took note that ďthey had been with Jesus.Ē (Acts 4:13)

Most people only think they can make an impact while theyíre alive but the apostle Paul would disagree as human beings from all walks of life have been touched by his writings which are nearly 2,000 years old. Iím sure that if you asked Paul about his letters back then, he would hope that it would take root with the church to whom it was addressed. Iím sure he never imagined these letters would be spread so far and wide. Think about it, every week in churches around the world people are blessed by Paulís obedience to the Holy Spirit. Well I decided a long time ago that I donít want to have any regrets when I see my heavenly Father and that is my challenge to you. Give God your very best and leave the results up to Him. He doesnít need you to micromanage everything; He just needs you to be obedient. (Matthew 16:24-27)

We only need to look to Jesus to see how God wants us to live. Donít look to those around you but keep your eyes upon Jesus and you will never be disappointed. After all, He is the Author and Finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 13:1-3)

So, what will people say about you? (Matthew 5:14-16)

May God richly bless you today,

Charles Thorell


Volume 17, 2010