Be­cause Je­sus lives

Read the Rev. Carey In­gram’s col­umn, and check out the church cal­en­dar.

Rome News-Tribune - - FRONT PAGE - REV. CAREY N. IN­GRAM GUEST COLUMNIST The Rev. Carey N. In­gram is the pas­tor at Love­joy Bap­tist Church.

Last week was a time of cel­e­bra­tion as the Chris­tian com­mu­nity re­flected upon the res­ur­rec­tion of our Lord and Savior, Je­sus Christ. Holy Week Ser­vices, the Pas­sion Play, the Seven Last Words of Christ and early Easter sun­rise ser­vices re­minded and en­cour­aged us that “Je­sus Lives.”

The scrip­ture pro­claims it: “And the an­gel an­swered and said unto the women, Fear not ye for I know that ye seek Je­sus, which was cru­ci­fied. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said” (Matthew 26:5-6).

He lives in our heart, and his spirit dwells within us. That said, the ques­tion arises: What do we do with him? In a chaotic world full of un­cer­tain­ties, what can we do to make a dif­fer­ence?

I sug­gest that we be­gin by keep­ing the faith.

In the words of Evan­ge­list Oral Roberts: “Never doubt God in the dark, what he told you in the light.”

Know that God has a spe­cific pur­pose for your life. Find and ful­fill your des­tiny. Through­out life’s jour­ney, re­main pos­i­tive. In­stead of com­plain­ing to God about how big your prob­lems are, tell your prob­lems how big your God is, and that with him, you will suc­ceed.

It is said that most peo­ple fail many times be­fore they suc­ceed at reach­ing their goals. There­fore, when it seems that things are not go­ing as you planned, do not de­spair. En­cour­age your­self. Re­mem­ber you and the Sov­er­eign God are a ma­jor­ity.

Then know that life is not about you and ma­te­rial gains. Earthly trea­sures and plea­sures are great, but you can­not take them with you. Th­ese things are only tem­po­rary.

It is said that a hun­dred years from now it will not mat­ter what your bank ac­count was, the kind of house you lived in, or the make of car you drove, but the world may be dif­fer­ent be­cause you im­pacted some­one’s life pos­i­tively. It might sound strange but the best life is ac­quired when we love God and our neigh­bors more than we love our­selves.

When Christ arose from the grave, He made two state­ments that give us the as­sur­ance of a vic­to­ri­ous life: “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth…, lo, I am with you al­ways, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:1720). All He asks of us is to go and tell His story.

Be­cause I know he holds the fu­ture, I also know he holds my hand. Be­cause he lives, I will keep the faith, ful­fill my des­tiny, for­give others as he for­gives me, and love others as he loves me. Fi­nally, be­cause he lives, I will en­joy my life one step and one day at a time, pre­par­ing for his glo­ri­ous re­turn.

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