The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Mama Or Lt. Dan

"Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent" (Jn. 17:3).

In the movie Forrest Gump, Forrest is confronted by a great question that has been on man's mind forever. Was destiny like his mama said or like the philosophy of Lt. Dan... His mom said that we all have a destiny and that God is in charge. On the other hand, Lt. Dan's take was that it was all a matter of chance, as things were all thrown up into the air and landed randomly.. In today's verse, we find out what Jesus has to say about our destinies. To one day be where God is, and to be with Him, will be glory for us. It goes all the way back to Gen.1:27... "So God created man in His own image..." The principle thing about heaven that torques me up is this; God will be there! The God in whose image I was made... Jesus rolls our destiny up into a very simple package... Eternal life, whether we think of it as the present or future, has its primary foundation in knowing God. "Now this is eternal life: that they may know You..." God's intended purpose for us is to spend our eternal life with Him. The scriptural take on this is magnificent.. "In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting to God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of salvation perfect through suffering" (Heb.2:10). God had Jesus carry out the redemptive message through His suffering, thus qualifying us for salvation... I believe that we were created in His image for the express purpose of one day living with Him.... Our destinies are for us to fellowship with Him eternally, on our way to becoming beings of unimaginable glory ourselves... Our destiny of heaven is worth everything... It is worth whatever it takes to get there as we know and serve our God... I think that Lt. Dan may have eventually come around, but mama had it right... God has a plan for us, if we only get to really get to know Him...

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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