Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tuesday, December 22nd: Nehemiah 10-11, Luke 20:27-47 ~ Nathan

After the exile,  the Israelites wanted to start fresh and do things the way God wanted,  and the way that it was written by Moses long before. It must have felt good to get a second chance,  we all have been given a second chance by someone in our lives at some point.

A second chance at something makes us want to do better the next time, and not make the same mistakes we made the first time. It's like a rematch in football, after losing to a team the players are glad when they can face that same team again,  and learn from previous mistakes and work harder to atone for the first loss.

God gives us many "second chances",  do we try harder the second time to do things the way He wants?  Or do we assume that we'll get a second chance and not try hard the first time round?

God gives us chances while we're still living,  one day we will run out of chances. The problem is we don't know when that day will be,  so we need to do our best to trust and obey now, the first time.

The question asked by the Sadducees in Luke 20 reminds me of a question our kids would ask about Heaven. They ask the question, and my wife or I try to answer the best we know. We can't give a definite answer on all things about Heaven,  beacuse we haven't been there yet to experience it. These types of questions can be fun,  but we can't get caught up in worry over how Heaven will be. We just need to trust and have faith that Heaven will be better than here on earth,  beacuse the Bible says it will be. Once there,  we won't miss earth and want to go back. It is home for Christians, we should think of it that way.

This is the last blog I'll write before Christmas.  To all who read this blog, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas!  I hope we all keep in mind during the Christmas season the real meaning of Christmas and what it represents. 


TammyIsBlessed said...

Great thoughts. Do we make the most of our second chances or do we presume upon God's grace and hope for third and fourth chances?

Truly heaven is our home. Makes me think of the song "Homesick".

Pamela said...

45 And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 47 who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

We can't let our pride get in the way of repenting. Our faith should not be a show.