Monday, August 27, 2007

Housing Crisis? What Crisis?

Increasing mortgage and loan problems will not effect mansions in heaven

Awakenings by Alexander

I heard Pastor Chuck Smith, of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, say on the radio today that when he dies, reports of his death will actually be a misnomer.

"They will say, 'Pastor Chuck Smith died today', but actually that is wrong. The more accurate reporting will be, 'Pastor Chuck Smith moved'," Smith said, during his morning message on Christian radio.

What Smith was referring to was that for those that have accepted the Lord, their soul, their conscious self, will have a new dwelling place after physical death. They will have a mansion in heaven.

I was thinking about the recent housing crisis, and yes, I call it a crisis despite whatever financial reports you read these days. I see all the foreclosures, the debt problems, and people moving out of homes they can't afford anymore, and I believe it either is a crisis or will become one. I think about that and realize that for those that know their mansion awaits them in heaven, coping with housing in today's world is no big whoop.

Sure, it stings, it hurts to have to struggle to pay mortgages and loans, but if you as a Christian take a deep breath, know that you have a relationship with Him and that He will be providing you a dwelling place...a most magnificent dwelling's easier to cope.

However, it does take a proper outlook to put our earthly dwellings, which in this case means our bodies, in proper perspective, but it can be done. There are even some who look forward to "moving day". Can you imagine that!?

Many will continue to struggle with housing...the physical building kind and the existing mortgage crisis. Who knows how long the crunch will go on?

Meanwhile, with our focus on all things eternal, we can say "Crisis? What crisis?"

But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. - Matthew 6:20

Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. - II Corinthians 5:1

In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. - John 14:2

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