November 5, 2020
Revelation 14:13
Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.”
New International Version (NIV)
                Who will remember us?  Do you ever wonder?  One study concluded that we will likely be remembered by two generations after us, maybe three, but not four.  So if we have children, they and their kids and their grandkids might remember us, but their great grandkids would probably have no memory of us at all.  How many of our great-great-grandparents do we personally remember? 
                John’s vision of Jesus in Revelation shows us that heaven will remember, even if earth forgets.  I know that many different things can end our lives, but actually we have only two ways to die:  in the Lord, or outside the Lord.  Those who die in the Lord are blessed.  To be clear, we have to be in the Lord to die in the Lord.  “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come, the old has passed away the new is here” (2 Corinthians 5:17). 
                Why are those who die in the Lord blessed?  There is rest for those who die in the Lord.  One of the promises of scripture is an eternal rest for the believer.  This is where we get the expression, “Rest in peace.”  Isaiah 48:22 does not say, “There is no rest for the weary,” as we sometimes misquote it.  It says, “There is no rest for the wicked.”  Those who are not believers in Christ will not enter or experience God’s rest. 
                Notice the promised rest is connected to the deeds of those who are in Christ.   As believers, our deeds follow us.  In other words we are not forgotten.  Nor are our works in Christ lost in time.  After his great teaching on the necessity of the resurrection of the body, Paul explained, “Therefore brothers and sisters, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourselves to the work of the Lord because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
                What we do after we believe in Christ matters.  We don’t get to take our earthly possessions with us to heaven.  But our deeds go with us.  So let’s make today count.  We build on the firm foundation of Jesus.  Let’s use our very best building materials today so that what we do stands the test of time and eternity.  
Pray with me:         
Father, whether or not anybody else knows what we do today, we pray that we will do all for you.  May the words we speak, the thoughts we think and the actions we take make a difference for time and eternity.  Forgive our failures.  Wash away our sins.  Bless the work of our hands today.  May it bring you great glory.  Whether others know what we have done, we thank you that nothing is hidden from you.  Help us not to waste even a second of the time that you give us in this world.  Keep us in the center of your love today.  We pray in Jesus’ name.  Amen.  
Join us in memorizing the Word.  Scripture for this week:    
Matthew 7:13-14
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Our 2020 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations New Testament reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy at REPLICATE.ORG 
We would love for you to join us as we read the New Testament through this year, five chapters a week.  In addition I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  Use Robby Gallaty’s H. E. A. R. plan to study each chapter (also found at REPLICATE.ORG). Highlight verses which speak to you, explain what they mean in your own words in a journal, apply them to your own life, then respond by doing what God tells you to do.  
Joyfully, 
Duane 

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