Charles Wesley Charles Wesley (1707 - 1788)
Passion
"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."
 
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Perfect Faith Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2, niv) In 1882 the renowned Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi began work on what he envisioned would become his greatest architectural masterpiece—the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona: the “Great Cathedral of the Poor.” Although he had built numerous buildings and churches throughout Spain, this was to become his crowning achievement. Work on the cathedral consumed him, so much so that he took up residence in a small room near its base. For the next thirty-four years, Gaudi agonized over his creation, often becoming impossible to please and demanding perfection from every worker and craftsman on site. His passion slowed down construction, running costs far over budget. Yet he was relentless in keeping the project alive. Several other buildings were begun and completed by Gaudi over the years that he worked on the cathedral, yet his heart and mind were always consumed with his grandest project. Sadly, he never lived to see its completion. By the time Gaudi died in 1917, only one of the four main towers was erected. Workers continued on and off but without direction. Gaudi’s vision had died with him. Today, work has again begun on the great structure, even though architects continue to squabble over what their predecessor intended his masterpiece to look like. The best they can do is to piece together the mystery one stone at a time and do their best to finish the massive cathedral. Gaudi’s vision was a grand and noble one, but it fell short just the same. He was the author of a great work but never got to see its completion.  Jesus, on the other hand, not only authored our faith but completed it. The writer of Hebrews tells us he is “the author and pefecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2, niv, italics mine). The true beauty of Jesus’ life was not simply that he envisioned the redemption of man but that he saw it through to completion. He “endured the cross,” and because of it, our faith has been made perfect—the masterpiece that God envisioned. Jesus continued to trust his Father until the last breath of his life, when he could finally close his eyes and say, “It is finished” (John 19:30).  You and I can rest in the knowledge that our destiny is in perfect hands. Our redemption is long since completed. And the one architect who knew what his masterpiece was supposed to look like laid every stone.

Today’s Reading  John 19:28-30; Hebrews 12:2 Reflection  It is the Cross and the Resurrection that set Christianity apart from all other religions. Spend time reflecting on the consistencies between the way Jesus lived and the way he died.
 
The best-selling Left Behind series has captured the attention of millions of readers, and it has changed lives. It has brought millions of believers the motivation to examine their hearts. Are you ready to embrace eternity? Live each moment as if it could be your last? Your future is more important than your past. Where you are going matters more than where you have been. What you do from this day forward means much more than what you have already done. You may be affected by your past, but you are not defined by it. Not in the eyes of God. What does it mean to embrace eternity? It means grasping each breath as if it could be your last, living life moment by precious moment with your feet planted firmly on earth but your heart aimed squarely at heaven. It means learning to embrace the role of dual citizenship—living in one world while belonging to another. It is a lifestyle of living like there’s no tomorrow and then dying so that your real life can finally begin! This 365-day devotional explores the themes introduced in the Left Behind series—themes of salvation, grace, obedience, and faith. New believers as well as mature believers will find a message of faith that will inspire and motivate daily.