In this year of uncertainty, how often do we look for certainty? We look for it everywhere. We put our faith in politicians with their policies to help stabilize our lives, we look to the certainty of sports to come back to try and find an escape from this weird weird year. We look for certainty that when the next ‘pandemic’ happens that our job is essential and won’t lay us off.
When helping a friend look for a job recently, one of the major headings in the job description was that it was considered essential by the government. We are looking for certainty and the job market knows this. I don’t think I would have ever seen that be a major headline in the job description in any other year, other than this year. This year has drastically shifted a lot of people’s priorities. We are looking for certainty over risk, safety over freedom and help over independence.
I can give my opinions on those points later in another blog post, but it’s definitely something that I have noticed. So as we have looked for certainty in every place on earth, has anyone considered where there is absolute certainty? Has anyone thought to look at what happens after this is all over? Well God gives the only certainty that we can ever have, this life or the next.
“Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”
Romans 8:35-39Hcsb Bible.
Let’s think about this, why are people Scared during this time? They’re scared that will lose their jobs and the ability to take care of their families. They’re scared that they will lose their house, or at worst lose their family or friends to death and never see them again.
For those that are atheist or don’t know what to believe, this is a much scarier time than it needs to be. But for believers in Jesus Christ, we can have security, certainty and freedom during this uncertain time. The worst thing that happens to us as believers is that we die. Oh no, I get to go to heaven where there is no more pain, suffering and loss(Revelation 21:4),I’m trembling in my boots.
Even though we know as believers, know that after death we get to go to heaven, we also know that we can’t lose that ticket either. Unlike the tickets that we get for a football or basketball game that might get cancelled, or that airplane ticket that they may cancel because of a virus or turbulent weather, or that license to drive that may expire, we have a ticket to heaven that doesn’t expire or get lost or get canceled no matter what happens.
We have a ticket to heaven that we can rest assured will always stay with us no matter what we do to screw it up, or the conditions surrounding us(of course we shouldn’t take this for granted obviously, Romans 6:1-2). We see this in that this passage previously mentioned in Romans 8:35-39 in that we can’t sin too much for our salvation to be cancelled like we can lose our license because we did one too many driving accidents. We can’t lose our salvation even though our government decides to fight us or any created thing (including us and our worst enemies on earth) tries to take it from us.
The absolute worst thing that can happen to us believers is the suffering that we experience here on earth. This life is the closest we as believers get to hell and this is the closest atheist get to heaven. Want to know what’s even great about that? It’s that even the worst that we experience is nothing compared to the glory that we will experience in heaven(Romans 8:18).
So in this year and season of confusion and uncertainty, are you looking for clarity? Are you looking for security? Well I beg you to choose the security that will never be cancelled, or postponed, or lost. Choose Jesus Christ. Choose my savior to be yours as well.
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