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 Vol. 8, No. 7 

July 2006

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Together We Are Heaven-Bound

By Tim Childs

What a wonderful thought for our minds to focus upon, to be actively engaged in contemplation. It is a noble thought, a healthy and most worthy one. It gives the faint-hearted cheer and encouragement in a moment of trial. It empowers the struggling to make the right choice in a time of temptation.

However, this is no time for self-satisfaction by having the realization we are heaven-bound. Together we must continue to diligently sow, water and "bring in the sheaves" for our Master. It is undetermined on our part just how many more souls may yet be won to Christ as we reach out in love with the Gospel of the everlasting kingdom.

"Together" is used with purpose in the title of our considered topic. In God's superior and infinite wisdom, he has so arranged that we be "together" in fellowship with him and with one another. Deity's plan is for God-fearing, Christ-following, Spirit-filled believers to walk the Christian walk together in love and unity as dear children (Ephesians 5:1-2). Satan's objective is to get us off by ourselves where we feel we are isolated, alienated and all alone without a Christian friend to care. There is strength in numbers, but only when God is among the number. May we continue to walk together along the straight and narrow path (Matthew 7:13-14). We need God. We also need each other. "But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin" (Hebrews 3:13).

Praise and glory is due our God because he has made it possible for us to be heaven-bound together. He has given up his only begotten Son to die and make the necessary atonement for our sins as well as the sins of the whole world (1 John 2:2). Our heavenly Father has made it possible for us to know the way unto life eternal through his Son. Jesus declared, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).

Jesus came "to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10) and he has given us the same mission in the marching orders of the "Great Commission" (Matthew 28:19-20). In every generation until our Lord, in all of his awesome glory, returns in the sky to take us home, we too, must be about the Father's business of bringing others along with us into the fold.

Our Heavenly Father has ample room in his house...and what a house it is! "I am bound for the promised land, I am bound for the promised land. Oh, who will come and go with me, I am bound for the promised land."

Eternity is far too long, hell is too horrible and agonizing while heaven is far too sweet to miss out. Hear the Word of God, receive it into your heart, believe it and obey it with all confidence. You, too, can overcome and be invited to come over and live with God.

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