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The End

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." Revelation 14:13 NIV

In yesteryears, especially in black-and-white movies, the words "The End" would appear on the screen as the story concluded. The tale had a definite finality–no prequels or sequels to follow. 

Some believe the same is true of life. Our stories conclude not with the words appearing on the screen but with the same finality. Whatever, good or bad, matters only for as long as we are remembered. To ensure they are remembered, they may build hospital wings, fund scholarships, or have public park benches with placards, marking their existence on earth. 

But, as Christians, we believe that while our time on earth is a sacred gift from God, it is a transitional state. "The End" is not the end but the start of a new beginning. The moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior, we begin a journey of eternal life. When we pass, our spirit continues in the next. 

Our actions matter. Not just for the here and now but eternally because our relationship with God is eternal. In taking on the name of Christ, we are to become mirror reflections of He who has made, redeemed, and sanctified us. Knowing that our actions represent God, we desire to reject evil and do what is good. We do this not from a sense of obligation but love for Him. In the words of John Wesley:

Do all the good you can,

By all the means you can,

In all the ways you can,

In all the places you can,

At all the times you can,

To all the people you can,

As long as ever you can.

As we reflect on the passage from Revelation and the legacy we leave behind, let us conclude with a prayer:

Heavenly Father,

We come before reminded of the eternal journey that lies before us. We thank You for the assurance that in You, “The End” is but a doorway to a new beginning with You.

Lord, help us to live lives that echo into eternity, not seeking worldly monuments or fleeting recognition but striving to leave a legacy of love, kindness, and faithfulness that honors You. May our deeds be a testament to Your grace and mercy.

As we go forth, may we embody the spirit of Your servant, John Wesley, seizing every opportunity to do good in Your name. Let our actions reflect Your love and light to all those we encounter.

And when our time comes to enter Your kingdom, may we do so with the peace that our story continues in Your presence, where rest and joy are everlasting.

In the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior, we pray. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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