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October 21, 2014

THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 21 October 2014

Those who — by God’s grace — believe in Jesus Christ are “partakers of a heavenly calling.” Such believers presently share in the future glories of Jesus, the One who is willing to be called “brother” and who is now “crowned with glory and honor” at the Father’s right hand (cf. Rev 3:21). As joint heirs and those who are sanctified by God as His own possession (Heb 2:10-13), believers share in all that has been accorded to Jesus as a result of His redemptive work. The wonderful truths of this eternal inheritance are emphasized throughout Scripture. As important as it is to understand and believe these truths, there is more.

Hope is one of the theological virtues. This means that a continual looking forward to the eternal world is not (as some modern people think) a form of escapism or wishful thinking, but one of the things a Christian is meant to do. It does not mean that we are to leave the present world as it is. If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were just those who thought most of the next. The Apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English Evangelicals who abolished the Slave Trade, all left their mark on Earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with Heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this. Aim at Heaven and you will get earth “thrown in”: aim at earth and you will get neither [C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, rev. ed. (New York: Collier, 1952) 118].

The reason to emphasize the eternal is to distinguish it with the former life in which there was “fear of death [among those] who were subject to slavery all their lives” (Heb 2:15). The believer in Jesus Christ now lives with a mindset upon the glories of “the world to come,” which means that life has an incredibly different outcome. How do we know if we are living in agreement with the new life in Christ? We demonstrate our answer to the question by either listening to God’s Word or by neglecting “so great a salvation.”

Regardless of how demanding life can be, we must heed the commands and plans of God. If we do not have such priorities to organize our life, then we will inevitably stumble into ruin and unbelief. When something that appears “better” than the determination and purpose of God seizes our priorities and thoughts, we will quickly realize the insignificance of such pursuits when the sovereignty of God is demonstrated. Sometimes sudden surprises in life help us reorganize what is most important. An “act of God,” the loss of an office, sickness, and/or personal difficulty can be blessings to cause us to reassess our priorities and to “become partakers of Christ” (Heb 3:14). May this devotional study encourage us all to persevere in resolute assurance in Christ by making our primary ambition that of devotion to Jesus and doing the will of God.

Your missionary to our Capitol community,

Chaplain Ron at Capitol

Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Georgia State Minister, Capitol Commission
ron.bigalke@capitolcom.org
www.capitolcom.org

Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.