You Have an Appointment

“Honey, I made my favorite thing for dinner tonight!”

“Oh really,” he replied quizzically, “what’s that?”

She replies, “Reservations!”

Last week my parents asked me to go with them to his appointment at the U.A.M.S. Reynolds Institute on Aging. Memory loss issues runs in the family as they near their 80s. My Dad is no exception. I went with my Mom and Dad to help negotiate the morning traffic, construction, and the U.A.M.S. complex of buildings.

Every fall I get a physical. Every six months I get my teeth cleaned and checked.

Appointments, we look forward to some and others we don’t.

But there’s one appointment everyone has and no one will miss it. It is an appointment made by God himself.

And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.  Hebrews 9:27-28 ESV

Our Father and Creator has provided everything we need so we can be ready for this appointment. We celebrate the first coming of Christ at Christmas. Christ will come a second time for those who are eagerly waiting for this appointment to arrive.

The first time Christ came he dealt with sin once for all. He is the total and complete sacrifice needed for sin. The Old Testament sacrificial system required sacrifices to be done over and over and over again.

It sounds gruesome to some, but I’m actually looking forward to dying. No, I’m not in a hurry to leave this earth. But as the writer of Hebrews says it, I am “eagerly waiting for him.”

That’s an appointment I look forward to keeping. I rejoice that my name is written in heaven. What a day of rejoicing that will be!

At the same time we wait with tears. We all have those we love and know who ignore the fact that they even have an appointment with God.

Reality check: “It is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment.”

EVERYONE will keep this appointment!

Pray urgently this Christmas for those who need to know Jesus as their Savior. Witness as the opportunities arise. Pray for our International Missionaries, over 4,000 of them scattered around this globe, that their sharing of the gospel will be successful!

Give a generous, sacrificial amount to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering this year. My challenge is to think in terms of giving your largest Christmas gift to this offering. How much did  you spend on your most expensive gift this year? Give at least one dollar more to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions!

Our Father, thank-you for sending Jesus to be the perfect sacrifice for our sin. Thank-you for the salvation that will be fully revealed on that day we stand before you. We urgently request that our friends, grandchildren, children, neighbors, and acquaintances come under the deep conviction of your Holy Spirit of their urgent need for a Savior. 

 

Give Thanks

“Destination Disease” is a malady that can affect any of us over and over. Someone with this illness says, “I’ll be happy when …” It is always looking to the FUTURE for happiness, joy, and peace.

  • I’ll be happy when I get my driver’s license.
  • I’ll be happy when I graduate.
  • I’ll be happy when I get married.
  • I’ll be happy when I have children.
  • I’ll be happy when the children leave.
  • I’ll be happy when I get that promotion.
  • I’ll be happy when I retire.

The “Should-a, Could-a, Would-a Disease” is an illness that lives with regret and is always looking to the “what if’s” of the PAST that should have, could have, or would have produced happiness, joy, and peace.

The past is gone. The future is not here. We must live in the present. Relish the moment. Eat more ice cream. Swim more rivers. Smile more often.

Jesus taught us to pray, “Give us THIS DAY our daily bread.” Our dependence on Him TODAY is a key to peace and contentment.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. 1 Chronicles 16:34

King David brought the Ark of the Covenant to the special tent which he prepared. Many bloody battles had been fought. Many horrific battles were to come. Yet King David kept the Lord God at the CENTER of all their activities.

This Thanksgiving season read the rest of 1 Chronicles 16. King David had to scratch and claw for every inch of territory God had given Israel. Yet in the midst of all the battles, trials, betrayals, and fatigue, he worshipped, praised, and thanked God.

I am keenly aware of many of the battles you are facing. You are having to scratch and claw your way through family issues, cancer, grief, financial challenges, discouragement, … but the Lord is still God, He is still on His throne, He is Lord, He is good, and His faithful love endures forever!

So do what King David did and “give thanks to the Lord!”

Our Father, thank-you that our names are written in heaven because of the victory of salvation that You won through Your Son and our Lord, Jesus! Thank-you that we don’t have to live in the past or the future, but we can live in total dependence upon you in the present. Oh God, we give thanks to you, for You are good, Your faithful love endures forever!