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The Final Chapter, yet to be written

“And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy art thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for thou wast slain, and didst purchase for God with thy blood men from every tribe and nation. And thou hast made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth”   

                                                                Revelation 5: 9-10 NASB

As humans, we tend to look ahead, often with dread, turning our eyes to the past as well. While we do need to learn from the past and plan for the future, we do not need to live in either place. Firmly, we need to plant our feet in the here and now, for that is where life is.

Not living in the here and now often fills us with trepidation. Honestly, can we change either period of time? I think not. We tend to look at ourselves and compare our circumstances to others, seeing those who “have it better.” When we make these comparisons, we need to go to one place only. We need to go to the Cross.

When we go to the Cross, everything changes, for it is there at the Cross that we gain true perspective. Life is really not about what happens to us. It is about how what happens to us impacts others.

Think of Jesus, our sinless Redeemer, as He hung on that Cross. What were His Words? “Not my will but thine be done.” Degraded; dehumanized; abandoned. And, yet, His words were spoken for the very ones who had betrayed Him.

If, when we pity ourselves, we will mentally, “Go to the Cross,” our vision will take on new direction. To look up at the Cross cannot hold the vision that to look down from the Cross holds.

One of the most powerful lessons we learn in looking down is that our mission in life is not self-glorification but glorification of God. If we ask ourselves the question, “Will this act bring glory to God?” we have already answered the question.

No, the final chapter has not been written. He is at work. If we truly seek to glorify Him with our lives, then we are His children. We now have just a small part of His Cross.

Janet Burke

About the Author

Retired English teacher, Janet Burke loves to write as well as do inspirational speaking. Her last years of teaching were devoted to developing curriculum to teach The Bible as Literature. A long-lost love of writing poetry was rediscovered, sparking a renewed interest in writing poems for special occasions. Cooking, writing, gardening, studying the Bible, and spending time with family and friends are a large part of her life now.