1 Thessalonians 4:14
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
St. Paul’s message here is truly Good News. Jesus showed us the way. Dying does not mean the end. Our eternal destiny does not hinge on our goodness or achievement…but God’s. Jesus said we must die to ourselves…for that is when we fall into God’s loving hands. When we die to the insatiable desires of the ego…God’s desires can rise in us. Following Jesus is not about learning an evacuation plan to heaven but learning the process of letting go…dying to self. It’s about being transformed in the process. This is the path to being our true selves. What if we all lived as our unique selves and used our gifts and talents to serve others? God’s dream for the world would come to be now. God’s kingdom would come “on earth as it is in heaven.” This is God’s goal. It will come to pass. So have no fear! Cooperate with God’s desires for you and you will find true life. The time is now.
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