In the End, God Wins
History’s conclusion is inevitable.
I believe this with all my heart. It’s a fait accompli. It’s done. It’s finished. There’s no doubt. I’ve read the final chapter. God’s Word tells us how it’s going to end. One day God’s going to wrap it all up here on Earth, and he’s going to take his children home to Heaven to be with him forever. The Bible says, “The Good News about God’s kingdom will be preached in all the world, to every nation. Then the end will come” (Matthew 24:14 NCV).
I’m going to tell you something really important. The critics always get this wrong. Saddleback Church is not trying to bring in God’s Kingdom here on Earth through our efforts with The PEACE Plan. We are trying to populate the Kingdom of Heaven. We want to take all our friends and everybody else with us. Our goal is not to set up a kingdom here on Earth. Our goal is to get people in the Kingdom of Heaven so they can be with God for eternity.
The convictions we’ve been talking about for the last few days are really about the glory of God. God gets glory when you love him with all your heart. God gets glory when you love other people in the family of God. God gets glory when you love the people who are unlovable. God gets glory when you share the Good News with everybody. God gets glory when you trust him with problems in your life that cannot be solved except through a miracle. And God gets glory when you know and trust that the end is inevitable and that God wins.
Would you pray this simple prayer today?
“Dear Jesus Christ, I want to be a part of what you’re doing in the world. I believe you want to use me. I want to return to my first love — you. I want to be your hands and feet in the 21st century. Help me to believe and live by my convictions. In your name I pray. Amen.”
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