Friday, August 24, 2012

Finders Keepers/Losers Weepers

I saw one of those home-made posters taped on the window of a store front the other day, with the photo of a cute dog and the words “Found.” Since it was a neighborhood with a lot of foreclosed homes, I wondered if the animal had been abandoned.  With increased numbers of people losing their homes, more pets have become homeless too. I hoped the ‘finders’ would keep him.

Our God stands alone, in a world of man-made gods, as the only One Who promises He will never leave or abandon us. The bible says He finds us and keeps us. Then He keeps us from sin and evil, and keeps us from stumbling. (Heb. 13:5; Ps. 121:5; 17:8; 1 John 5:18; Jude 24)

Then, paradoxically, God asks us to be keepers too—keeping his Word, keeping the faith, keeping a good conscience, keeping ourselves free from the love of sin, and keeping ourselves in the love of God. Considering the challenge of “keeping” all these things, Peter assures as that they can be kept by the power of His word. (Jn 14:23; 2 Tim 4:3; 1 Tim 1:19; 1 Tim 5:22; Jude 21; 1 Pet 1:5)

Now I know this sounds too good to be true. But even if we prove to be poor keepers (God forbid), our God will never leave or abandon us. But the other side of finders and keepers are losers and weepers: those who suffer loss, lose rewards, and forfeit intimacy with Jesus.  So, if we are those who want to keep everything, we must be willing to lose anything (2 Cor. 7:9; Mark 9:41; Phil 3:8).

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