DayBreaks for 01/30/11 – The Power to Change Eternity

DayBreaks for 01/30/12 – The Power to Change Eternity

19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins. – James 5:19-20

In life we are often frustrated by the lack of control and power over the endless stream of circumstances and events that surround us.  Our plans are swept away so often by the changing tide of time, the actions of others, and our own inability to foresee and adequately plan for the future.  When we have great expectations and hopes and those dreams are snatched away seemingly by some whim of fate, it hurts.  We don’t understand.

When we look at the great tragedies that rock the world – man-made, natural, or the so-called, “acts of God” we also feel inadequate to rise to those challenges and make a difference.  And it’s frustrating.

Sometimes we forget what great power God has placed at our disposal.  I’m not talking especially about the power of the Spirit, though that is an incredible, unlimited power that is at work both on us and in us. The passage from James seems to me to hint that we have (by the Spirit, of course) the power to change eternity itself.  If we can turn one brother or sister, one wayward sailor on life’s seas, from the blindness to the things of God, we can change eternity.

Is that awesome (and humbling!) or what?

PRAYER: Thank you for the power and trust you have put in us to affect not just the future, but eternity!  Help us to not despair at our helplessness in things that don’t really matter, and to celebrate the ability to affect eternity!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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