While observing ground zero on a mission’s trip to New York City with my son Joey and two older daughters Krista and Nikki, along with our Church Youth Group, I was profoundly touched when gazing at the leveled Twin Towers with the exception of two metal beams in the shape of a cross. Dazed by the devastation glaring at me, I thought of the scripture in Hebrews 12:27 that says: “God will shake what can be shaken, so that what cannot be shaken [which is His Kingdom] may remain.” In other words, when our lives are shaken and fall apart, it is God’s intention that what is only from Him remains.
It then exhorts us, “Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:25-29).
Buildings can be shaken. Our own human efforts and accomplishments can be shaken. Our ideas and dreams can be shaken. However, our relationships with other believers and with God Himself cannot be shaken, because those are the only things made to last for eternity. I felt challenged then, as I do now to continue to build my life on things of eternal value: things that belong to the Kingdom of Heaven and of our God.
Sooner or later all that is not built on Jesus will be shaken and we will be left with nothing but what is done in Jesus’ Name. I challenge you, as you read these words to “Not refuse Him who speaks” (v. 25) … but take to heart His words of ETERNAL LIFE.
I had no idea my girls would be taken home when I woke up New Year’s Day in 2004. But our relationships with each other and the Lord were built on a firm foundation – Jesus Christ. They were ready to meet Jesus face to face. Although it has not been an easy road, we have accepted and even embraced all that God has allowed for us and our girls. We know they are just as much a part of our future as they ever were before. And that is because we have NOT refused Him (God) who speaks to our hearts daily words of Comfort, Hope and Love. Although everything around us may be shaken – His love remains.
There are many things that come and go in our lives. All of us experience loss in some form. You may say, how can I possibly go on and enjoy life? It’s too painful. Nothing is the same. There is only one way to fully go on and embrace life and that is to accept the life God provided to us all by sending His only Son who is the way, the truth, and the LIFE (John 14:6). Accept His gift of life today and LIVE.