GOLDEN CORNER

With all that's happening in our nation (and the world) nowadays, it would be easy for a Christian to lose his focus - to take his mind off his main goal of going to heaven when this life is over. We should be like Paul who wrote in Philippians 3:14, "I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Rather than giving up and wanting to "throw in the towel" we should "be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord" (I Corinthians 15:58). The writer of Hebrews reminds us that the Christian life is a race and that we must "run with endurance the race that is set before us." Along that same line, Paul writes in Colossians 1:22, 23 that we will be presented blameless in the sight of God, "if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel." To Timothy Paul wrote, "If  we endure, we shall reign with Him." Our Lord, Himself,  promised in Matthew 24:13, "But he who endures to the end shall be saved." The writer of Hebrews encourages us with these words, "Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees." (Hebrews 12:12) So, in spite of all that is happening all around us, just remember the words of that old song, "This world is not my home, I'm just a passing thru." Be encouraged by the words of Psalms 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God."