“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 8:38-39
“What keeps you is not the sturdiness of your love for Jesus but the eternal faithfulness of his love for you.” -Paul Tripp via Twitter
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” -Matthew 25:23
What will people say about your life in heaven? Will people speak of God’s work and glory through you? And even more important, how will you answer the King when He says, “What did you do with what I gave you?” [Francis Chan, Crazy Love, pg. 174]
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.” -Hebrews 4:9
God has provided a Sabbath, and some must enter into it. Those to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief; therefore, that Sabbath remains for the people of God. David sang of it; but he had to touch the minor key, for Israel refused the rest of God. Joshua could not give it, nor Canaan yield it: it remains for believers.
Come, then, let us labor to enter into this rest. Let us quit the weary toil of sin and self. Let us cease from all confidence, even in those works of which it might be said, “They are very good.” Have we any such? Still, let us cease from our own works, as God did from His. Now let us find solace in the finished work of our Lord Jesus. Everything is fully done: justice demands no more. Great peace is our portion in Christ Jesus.
As to providential matters, the work of grace in the soul and the work of the Lord in the souls of others, let us cast these burdens upon the Lord and rest in Him. When the Lord gives us a yoke to bear, He does so that by taking it up we may find rest. By faith we labor to enter into the rest of God, and we renounce all rest in self-satisfaction or indolence. Jesus Himself is perfect rest, and we are filled to the brim in Him.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, September 28 entry]
“Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.” -1 Corinthians 15:49
As we bear the image of the earthy now, believers will bear the image of the heavenly. Believer, are you bearing forth the glory of God in your life right now?
“So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” -Galatians 4:7
To see the law by Christ fulfilled, to hear his pardoning voice; changes a slave into a child and duty into choice. -William Cowper, via Tullian Tchividjian’s Twitter
“Casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” -1 Peter 5:7
Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives. Stress says that the things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our right grip of control.
[From Crazy Love by Francis Chan, page 42]