Reward Ceremony: Living with the End in Mind
“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.” Rev 22:12-14 (ESV)
You may be familiar with “Begin with the end in mind”, which is Habit #2 from Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. During times of spiritual warfare I have often found it helpful to loudly remind the enemy of his final outcome – painful for the enemy and a comfort for me.
By Chapter 22, the last chapter in Revelations, Satan and his followers have already met their final demise, as well as Death and Hades. The New Jerusalem has arrived, with the river of life, flowing bright from the throne of God and of the Lamb.
So at the end, the very end, we will be in paradise with Jesus, forever. When I think of that now (while living on this side), I fall to my knees in worship and deep gratitude. (On the other side, when face-to-face, standing may not be an option.) Pause now to consider what the end, the very end means to you.
Back here on Earth, while we yet have life and breathe, each of us can still use our life & our breathe to influence the world around us. We have not yet been called home.
Daily Battle Order: While here on Earth, do you feel that you have been striving, battle-weary, having to remind the Devil of his ending. Have you considered what happens after our enemy is gone? Can you enter into God’s rest (Hebrews 4)? If you are operating from God’s rest, can you teach that to others?
Today, Oct 15th, men from across the country are gathering at Gettysburg to actively participate in victory and building victory in others. If you can, come join this band of brothers this weekend. If not, we covet your prayers for God to work mightily this weekend.