Just Passing Through
By Steve Williams
How many of us have been complaining about the time we are living in today? Well, if we would be truthful, most everyone has. Gas prices are up, food, utilities, going out to eat, everything is going through the roof. Think of the people on fixed income, newly married couples, moms and dads, trying to make decisions on how to cope with these crazy days that we are living in. If you’re a Christian and you know your Bible, it speaks of these days and times that we are entering into. But to those of you who are Christians, I have some Good News. You say what is that? You’re Just Passing Through this old world. This even goes for the lost person but they don’t have the hope and the same promise that Christians have.
Now, remember this if you’re going somewhere different than where you are now. You have to pass through different places to get there. But what I have noticed is that there are a lot of people who fail to understand that we are all just passing through this world. I believe people think they are going to have permanent residence down here. How do you get that preacher? Because I never see them doing anything for the Lord. They don’t go to church. They don’t talk about the Lord until they are in a jam or someone has passed away or smashed their hand in the door. Many people act as if when you die, down here on earth it is all over with. Well, I’m here to tell you when you die down here on this old earth and you’re a Christian, life has only just begun. Because we’re passing through.
There may be someone who is not a Christian, maybe wondering how you can pass through this old world. Well, the Bible tells us in John 5:24 “ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” This is another verse that tells us that there is only one way to heaven. You don’t buy it because you couldn’t afford it, You don’t work for it because you cannot work enough to get it, you have to inherit it. So let’s look at some things we will Pass through down here on this earth before we get to our final Home in Heaven.
1st You’ll Pass-Through the Blood of Jesus Christ. This is simply saying that you have to believe in Jesus so that you will become a part of the family of God and so you can inherit heaven to be your final home and resting place. When you believe this verse you will go to Jesus and He will cover you with His precious blood. 2nd You Pass Through The Fire & Trials of Life. Christians need to understand that God has promised us a safe landing, not a calm passage. As Christians, we will have to pass through the fires and trials of life. Brothers & Sisters let me challenge you not to go looking for trouble because trouble knows where to find you. Many times Christians give up when the fire gets hot. Folks the hotter the fire the purer the product will become. As Christians, we need to understand that all these fires and trials we have to face down here on earth we are just passing through. The Bad Days, Sickness, Heart Ache, Depression, and Financial Struggles will come but they are going to be left behind. Hey, when you find yourself at Wit’s end you’ll find God lives there. God proved that when the three Hebrew children found themselves in the fiery furnace, He was there with them. (Hebrew 3 tells us the story.) Lastly, after you have passed through the Blood of Jesus and the Fiery Trials of this life, then you will Pass Through the Gates of Heaven. When times are difficult, remind yourself, that you’re just passing through.
Words of Wisdom:
- When times are difficult, remind yourself, that you’re just passing through. Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. God’s Word the Bible
- When you feel like outsiders in this world remember, that you are and that you’re just passing through. John 17:16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. God’s Word The Bible
- When a Christian sees death we are reminded how short life really is, and how we are just passing through, Psalms 23:4 “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death. I will fear no evil.” God’s Word The Bible
Steve Williams is the pastor of Berry Chapel Baptist Church in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. You can read more good Christian news from Steve HERE.