I'm going to be doing something a little different in terms of my blog posts. Rather than my typical posts that are meant to put encourage women who homeschool, I will be blogging about the Bible. Today I would like to look at one verse in particular and share what I have learned from this verse, and maybe someone reading this will be encouraged by the Word. Better yet, maybe someone (or several someones) will decide to spend more time reading the Bible on a regular (read that daily) basis. That would be pretty fantastic. Let's get to it:
1 Peter 1:9 - (New Living Translation) The reward from trusting Him will be the salvation of your souls.
Okay, so you already know that trusting Jesus is the only way to have eternal salvation for your soul. (If you did not know that, let me suggest you read the book of John - right now, don't wait! - and pray and ask the Lord if He would like you to yield your life to Him and make Him your Savior and Lord over all your life. BTW, He will answer "Yes" because His greatest desire is to spend eternity with you). When you trust Him for your salvation, the reward will be eternal salvation, right?
The age old questions have always been, "What happens after we die? What on earth are we here for? What is the meaning of life?" The answer, of course, is always Jesus. Jesus died to rescue you from the power of sin and death and hell and the devil, and after you die you will either spend eternity with Him or separated from Him. There is no middle ground; those are the only two options. If you don't know what on earth you are here for, the answer to that will be made known to you once you yield your heart and your life to Jesus and allow Him to be Master and Commander of all things. He alone gives us purpose and meaning. He has that right and that authority, because He is the One who was and is and is to come, and through Him all things (including you and me) were created. The Creator knows exactly what He did the creating for, if you get my meaning. Those age old questions are all answered by Jesus. He is the only answer you will ever need.
Now, if this verse from the New Testament tells us that our eternal salvation is decided, and the question of what will happen after we die has been answered, then it seems to me that there ought to be absolutely no other worry, question, concern or feat that overwhelmingly haunts or plagues us. You see, with the most important and precious aspect of your life covered and protected and rescued, aren't all the other parts also covered and protected and rescued, as implied by this verse? What about your health? Well, pretty much it's all good in the sense that you are immortal until the day the Lord calls you home to heaven - and then you're truly immortal! Finances? Oh, He owns it all and He is very good at providing for the needs of His own. Work stress? He can and will be a part of your daily work life, so long as you open up to Him and invite Him to be a part of it. Don't shut Him out, and He will be right there with you! And any other daily need, big or small, is safe in His loving hands. He's got this. More importantly, He's got you.
Is your soul alright? Then all the rest is alright, too. There is indeed a reward from trusting Him; eternal life in a perfect, pain-free world. There is also a huge amount of reward for trusting Him in this life. I pray you seek and find Him and all the blessings and rewards He has for you in this life and in eternity. Great is His reward for you, as great as His love can pour out.
Day 343 done :)
Jan L. Burt
author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study
& All Things Homeschool