What Is Your Only Comfort in Life and in Death?

Q.  What is your only comfort in life and in death?

A.   That I am not my own, but belong, body and soul in life and death – to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.  He has fully paid for all my sins with his precious blood, and has set me free from the tyranny of the devil.  He also watches over me in such a way that not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven;  In fact, all things must work together for my salvation.  Because I belong to him, Christ, by his Holy Spirit, assures me of eternal life and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him.

Heidelberg Catechism

as quoted by Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 41

A Deathbed Assessment

A few people may say some really nice things about you at your funeral, but when you are lying on your deathbed, evaluating your life, what regrets will you have?  What will be the overall verdict on the investments that you made in time and treasure?  These are some of the questions that help us to take inventory not only of what we say we are all about, but who we really are and what we really count most important in life.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 46

Do You Believe Like Most Americans? I Hope Not…

Most Americans have at least an intellectual assent when it comes to God, Jesus Christ, and angels.  They believe that the Bible is a good book filled with important stories and lessons.  And they believe that religion is very important in their lives.  But this same group of people, including many professing Christians, also believe that people are inherently good, that our primary purpose is to enjoy life as much as possible.

– George Barna

as quoted by Horton, Michael; Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; copyright 2008; p. 31

In Fact, They Really Aren’t Living

Flight from God always leads downward.  It culminates not in the vivaciousness life we imagined but in what amounts to stagnant sleep.  It’s why so many people seem to exit without ever really living.  In fact, they aren’t really living; they’re only going through the motions – rarely if ever experiencing the internal shalom they were designed to enjoy from God, because they’re running from him.

– Tchividjian, Tullian; Surprised by Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il; copyright 2010; p. 42

Its Not Just About Being With Jesus After We Die

This life is not just being with Jesus in heaven after we die but having a Spirit-empowered relationship with Jesus in the present.  John 17:21 says we actually share the life of the Trinity now.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p.  34