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“I remember,” Stan began, “when we first met and you told me the story of how you went to the train station with your ticket to glory.” [Note to Reader: See Posting Number 1, “Waiting For The Train.]
“Yes,” I responded, “I was anxious to get to glory so I could spend eternity with God, but I did not understand. The station master told me that is not how the whole thing works.”
“I was reading in the apostle Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi this morning,” Stan replied, “and I saw the same thing.”
“Same thing, how?” I asked.
“The apostle said that he was really looking forward to life eternally with God, but that he realized that he was left on this side of eternity for a purpose. I believe that what Paul wrote applies to me, as well as to every person who claims to be a Christian.”
Continuing, Stan said, “I am greatly looking forward to getting on the train to life eternally with God, but I know He has left me on this side of eternity to pursue knowing Him and His Son Jesus, who said that is what eternal life on this side of eternity is all about.”
“And,” he said, “the more I know God, the deeper my relationship with Him becomes. The result of that is a greater realization of why He has left me here.”
“Which is what?” I asked.
“Just like the stationmaster told you. Give away tickets by telling people about God’s provision of salvation through the finished work of the cross. Also explain what the ticket means to those who are converted. Help them on the path towards transformation from conversion.”
“I believe that is the answer to the question of why I have been left here.”
Concluding, Stan said, “No other reason. Clearly, it is not to pursue what I want apart from what God wants and has for me.”
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21.
And this is eternal life, that they may know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent. John 17:3.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for your provision of life eternally with you when my time here is done. And thank you for opening me to want to pursue my knowledge of you on this side of eternity so that I will be who and do what you intend, not just sit around waiting for the train! Please forgive all of my failures in presenting and manifesting you to those you bring before me. You know how much help I need in that. I need and ask for all of the help you can and will provide through the Holy Spirit in being who you intend as long as you choose to leave me on this side of eternity. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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