Relationship Matters

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words”  ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 ~


Notice, that God’s first priority when He returns to take His people home, is to resurrect those who are asleep in Christ. Why?

Because those who are alive, are still in active communion with God, but God misses the communion that He had with those who have fallen asleep.

God is like… “I miss Abraham, my friend; I miss communing with Adam… with David and all the saints of old.”

I wonder…. if I died today… would God miss the communion between Him and me?

For the Glory of God

“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?” ~ John 11:25,26 ~

I heard a true story that I’d like to share with you all. Dustin, a co-volunteer, shared it with us the other day. He also shared it with one of his classes and you can read about that experience here.

Sunrise - photo credit SannalA Cambodian church planter  went to a village to share Jesus with the people there, but struggled to have any success. One day, something happened to his young daughter, while she was out playing with the other kids. She collapsed. Previously trained as a health professional, the church planter raced to her and checked for signs of life. She was dead.          

Next to his dead daughter, the man began to pray, “God, I have come to this village to try to reach them for You and I have had a very difficult time. Now that my daughter has died, all the Buddhists will see it as bad karma and never listen to another word I say. Please bring my daughter back to life. For your sake and for their sake God, bring her back to life. The villagers looked on as the man continued to pour out his heart to God in prayer. After 10 minutes, nothing happened. After 20 minutes, still nothing. After 30 minutes of praying next to his dead daughter, the father felt a faint pulse. Within 15 minutes she was up running around and playing with the village kids. God had worked resurrection! The villagers came to the church planter and said, “We want to know more about your God.” If there was a God powerful enough to bring a little girl back to life maybe He could work in their lives also.

           I am reminded by this story, how everything and every part of our lives is to be for the glory of God. I believe if we truly live our lives for His glory, for His name, alone, then He will work wonderful things in and through us that will lead many to know about and believe in Him.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”  ~ Romans 12:2 ~


“Constantly we fall into the error of imputing to the human agent that which should be ascribed to God. This is one great reason why the Lord cannot glorify His name as He longs to do. If He did, the human agent would become self-sufficient, self-exalted. Men would ascribe to themselves and to their human energies the honor that should be given to God alone. We need to walk humbly with God, As teachers, we should be very careful to make straight paths for our feet, lest the lame be turned out of the way. In union with divine agencies, we shall have hope and assurance of success, but not a jot of the glory is to be ascribed to man. Having through faith, living, unwearied, persevering faith, secured the co-operation of an all-powerful agency, men must not make the mistake–now the reason of the great feebleness seen in the churches–that it is their goodness and their merits that have done this great work. When this feeling is cherished, self-exaltation comes in and dishonors God. Self appropriates to itself the glory that God should have. As God’s human agents we are to work with unremitting diligence, straining every spiritual sinew and muscle to lay hold of a power out of and above ourselves. Only thus can we accomplish our work. The Lord Jesus is beside us, ready to grasp the hand that is outstretched to Him who is omnipotent. When our hopes are fulfilled, self is hid with Christ in God, and all glory is given to the Captain of our salvation, who has anointed us with the oil of gladness by His divine efficiency. Then we go forth, working like inspired laborers together with God.”  {1888 1701.2}