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Under Further Review

Ready:

"For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."  - 2 Peter 1:11

Set:

The game is on the line; the next play can make or break the outcome. The quarterback drops back in the pocket and throws deep into the end zone. Many players jump for the ball, but the receiver comes down with it right by the line. Did he have his foot down in bounds? The line judge signals touchdown, but before the extra point is kicked, the referee waves his arms and says, "The previous play is under further review." Off he goes to find out what the decision will be.

God's Word gives us the plan, provision, pattern and purpose for growth in Christ, but many times we choose our own selfish desires over living for Christ. In 2 Peter 1, we read that we have an easy entrance in God's Kingdom if we follow His plan for our life. If something is "richly provided" to us, that means it is handed over without question and graciously bestowed upon us. Why would we not want that?

When the referee comes back onto the field he states, "After further review, the play on the field stands. Touchdown!" The winning team rejoices in the glorious outcome. 

When you die, you will stand before the throne. Will Jesus richly provide for you an entrance into Heaven, or will He state, "The following life is under further review." Wow, what a moment that would be. Is your life being lived in such a way that would make Him take another look to see if you should make it into Heaven? God offers us eternal life through the acceptance of His one and only Son Jesus Christ. When we accept Him into our hearts, our lives should look radically different. Every day our lives should reflect the life of Christ. If you have accepted Christ, does your life reflect His? That is your choice. God's desire is for you to richly receive the entrance into Heaven. You want the Lord to say, "After further review, this life stands. It's a touchdown! Come spend eternity with Me." Let us live our lives in such a way that the replay booth will never be used!

Go:

  1. Have you ever had a play overturned by a review?
  2. Are you living your life in a way that no instant replay will be needed?
  3. Today, how can you avoid the replay booth and go right into Heaven when your time on earth is over?

Workout:

Matthew 6:33; John 3:1-21; 15:1-11

 

Overtime:

Lord, thank You for your grace. Help me live my life in such a way that the replay booth will never be used. Amen.

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