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Don’t Hold Too Tightly

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Don’t Hold Too Tightly

I remember the first time I saw the movie “Planet of the Apes.” At the end of the movie, they were walking on the beach and they come upon the Statue of Liberty buried in the sand, only a tiny bit of it is visible. My immediate thought was, That’s actually not far off! The statue won’t be sticking out of the sand, but it will be gone. Everything in this world is passing away. It’s all temporary.

We are small. This world is small. The Jesus perspective says it is all passing away, so don’t hold too tightly to this old world.

Charles T. Studd was the son of a wealthy business man in England. By the age of 20 Charles was a horse racer projected to win the Grand National. By the age of 22 Charles was called “the best all-around Cricket player” in England. But that year a radical change happened. His father became a born-again Christian. Edward Studd’s transformation was so complete it shook Charles to the core. His father left the day-to-day operations of the business and threw himself into the work of God’s Kingdom.

Edward was saved under D.L. Moody and used great sums of his financial empire to help build Moody Bible University in Chicago, a school that to this very day is changing the face of Christianity. Two years after his father was saved, his brother George nearly died. That was the turning point for Charles. He said, “What is all the fame and flattery of the world worth? What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and lose his own soul?”

Charles spent the rest of his life as a missionary pouring out his energy in China, India and the Congo. Toward the end of his life he wrote:

  • Only one life, a few brief years, each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
  • Each with its clays I must fulfill, living for self or in His will;
  • Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

There is an amazing picture of what will happen someday in heaven and John the Revelator was allowed to see it. John saw the Throne of God. Sitting next to God the Father was Jesus, God’s Son. All around the throne are the leaders of the ages—24 elders (12 disciples/12 patriarchs).

And what will be there attitude in that moment? What will be their perspective? What will be the thoughts of their minds and the words of their mouths?

Revelation 4:10-11 says, “The 24 leaders bow in front of the one who sits on the throne and worship the one who lives forever and ever. They place their crowns in front of the throne and say, ‘Our Lord and God, you deserve to receive glory, honor, and power because you created everything. Everything came into existence and was created because of your will.’”

 

You can listen to Pastor Ron’s message, Living the Jesus Perspective here. 

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About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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