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Devotionals by Max Lucado

Headed Homeward
by Max Lucado

Aging is God’s idea. It’s one of the ways he keeps us headed homeward. We can’t change the process, but we can change our attitude. Here is a thought. What if we looked at the aging body as we look at the growth of a tulip?

Do you ever see anyone mourning over the passing of the tulip bulb? Do gardeners weep as the bulb begins to weaken? Of course not. We don’t purchase tulip girdles or petal wrinkle cream or consult plastic-leaf surgeons. We don’t mourn the passing of the bulb; we celebrate it. Tulip lovers rejoice the minute the bulb weakens. “Watch that one,” they say. “It’s about to blossom.”

Could it be heaven does the same? The angels point to our bodies. The more frail we become, the more excited they become. “Watch that lady in the hospital,” they say. “She’s about to blossom.” “Keep an eye on the fellow with the bad heart. He’ll be coming home soon.”

“We are waiting for God to finish making us his own children, which means our bodies will be made free” (Romans 8:23).

Are our bodies now free? No. Paul describes them as our “earthy bodies” (Phil. 3:21 MSG). Or as other translations state:

“our lowly body” (NKJV)
“the body of our humble state” (NASB)
“these weak mortal bodies” (NLT)
“our vile body” (KJV)
“our simple bodies” (NCV)

You could add your own adjective, couldn’t you? Which word describes your body? My cancerous body? My arthritic body? My deformed body? My crippled body? My addicted body? My ever-expanding body? The word may be different, but the message is the same: These bodies are weak. They began decaying the minute we began breathing.

And, according to God, that’s a part of the plan. Every wrinkle and every needle take us one step closer to the last step when Jesus will change our simple bodies into forever bodies. No pain. No depression. No sickness. No end.

This is not our forever house. It will serve for the time being. But there is nothing like the moment we enter his door.

From Traveling Light
Copyright (W Publishing Group, 2001) Max Lucado

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About UpWords with Max Lucado

The written prose of Max Lucado has made his books some of the most widely read in America. He brings his same "one-on-one" conversational style to these nugget-sized features titled "UpWords®," airing on Christian radio stations around the country and represented by Ambassador. a pastor at Oak Hills Church, Max Lucado has impacted many lives through Christian devotionals, regular radio programs and his timeless writing.

About Max Lucado

"Show a man his failures with Jesus and the result will be found in the roadside gutter. Give a man religion reminding him of his filth and the result will be arrogance in a three-piece suit. But get the two in the same heart-get sin to meet Savior and Savior to meet sin-and the result just might be another Pharisee turned preacher who sets the world on fire."

The written prose of Max Lucado has made his books some of the most widely read in America. Max brings this same "one-on-one" conversational style to his 1:00 daily UpWords® radio feature.

Max is a graduate of Abilene Christian University (TX) with both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degree. From 1983 to 1987, he was a church-planting missionary serving in Rio de Janeiro, responsible for evangelism, leadership training and preaching.

He has sold more than 65 million books to date. Some of his works are Max On Life; 3:16; No Wonder They Call Him the Savior; Six Hours One Friday; In the Eye of the Storm; He Still Moves Stones; He Chose the Nails; Travelling Light; and Grace for the Moment.

Evidence of his touching hearts, both young and old, Max has also authored several popular books for children including Tell Me the Secrets; The Crippled Lamb (co-authored with his three daughters); Just in Case You Ever Wonder; and Alabaster's Song.

Max Lucado's, "He Chose The Nails Easter Tour" has become an annual nationwide event with over 600 churches participating by live satellite, along with radio and television outlets reaching into more than 800 million homes. The tour brings together artists like Wes King, Twila Paris and many others in the nationwide evangelistic outreach.

A self-described "husband/dad/preacher/author," Max makes his home in San Antonio, Texas, with his wife Denalyn and their three daughters, Jenna, Andrea, and Sara. He serves as Minister of Writing and Preaching of the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio.

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