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Not Lost After All

Not Lost After All

06 September 2009

Scripture:

Then, in heaven, the Temple of God was opened and the Ark of his covenant could be seen inside the Temple. Lightning flashed, thunder crashed and roared; there was a great hailstorm, and the world was shaken by a mighty earthquake. (Revelation 11:19 NLT)

The Ark of God’s Covenant hasn’t been seen for a while. Moses built it at Mount Sinai, the Israelites carried it in the wilderness, Eli’s sons took it into battle and lost it to the Philistines. The Philistines brought it back to Israel, the Jews took it to Shiloh, and eventually David placed it in his Worship Center in Jerusalem. Then Solomon gave it the place of honor in God’s Temple and Josiah restored it to the Holy Place during his reform. Presumably it was taken or destroyed by the Babylonians when they sacked Jerusalem in 586 AD and according to one of my favorite movies, Indiana Jones found it in Egypt, rescued it from the Nazis, only to lose it again to US bureaucracy.

Turns out it wasn’t lost after all. God had it in heaven all the time.

Sometimes I think about things lost, things retained, and things regained. I appreciate John’s vision into things future because in the press of life and the passing of time I often notice some things missing, not least of which are time, opportunities, and youthful energy!

Jesus said that whatever we lose for his sake and for the Kingdom of God isn’t really lost after all. Whether it is tangible like money or intangible like time, if we lose it for him, it’s not actually lost. Jesus takes all we lose for him to heaven and it’s waiting for us when we get there. Stuff that is temporary becomes eternal. The things that here sparkle briefly in the sun will there shine for eternity in the Son.

Prayer:

Father, it’s all going so quickly – time, opportunities, things. So much of it is gone already. I need glimpses of where things really are to keep me in faith and on track. Thanks for the reminder that what I lose for you really isn’t lost after all. I purpose to keep a loose grip on things down here and let you keep track of where they are in the eternal scheme of things. Amen.

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