Words of Faith 1-17-2020
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2020
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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1 Peter 1
 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.  For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,  but the word of the Lord stands forever." And this is the word that was preached to you.
Do you remember the week that Princess Diana died? It has been 22 years. The scene was impressive even if you were not a "Royal Watcher". The sea of flowers in front of the palace that once was home to Princess Diana was enormous. The sea of emotions behind this massive bouquet was a powerful tribute. Still, it was an even more powerful image of mortality. After a week and a half, we began to see the reports. Tons of flowers, now wilted and rotting, tenderly bagged and hauled away way volunteers. The grass withers. The flowers fall.
The glory even of earthly royalty is mortal and how stark the contrast when we think about the life offered to us in Christ. Peter reminds us that we are born of imperishable seed, immortal in Him. The living Word of God gives us life that will never wither or fade. The striking color of what Jesus does in our lives is never scooped from the street or hauled away as refuse. This life in Christ never fades. The intensity of the color becomes more and more brilliant as we live in Him.
How grievous that the whole world doesn't know. The world around us clings desperately to things that are fading. People seek ultimate meaning in things that are rusting and decaying. People fight the mortality of the body at great cost, failing to realize there something eternal that is freely available at no charge.
How tragic that this seed of God's Word, so widely available, has not taken better root. All that is around us is withering. All that the world claims as beauty is falling. But the Word of the Lord stands forever.
What are you investing your life energy in today? What are you rejoicing in today? Will you be about things that are eternal and imperishable or things that will be bagged up and hauled away?
O God, I rejoice in the beauty of Your Word and the life that You have revealed in Your Son. Lift my eyes to see those things that are eternal. Teach me to pass by those things that are passing. Let my heart share richly that which is imperishable. In Jesus' name.
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