The Angel continued, “Don’t seal the words of the prophecy of this book; don’t put it away on the shelf. Time is just about up. Let evildoers do their worst and the dirty-minded go all out in pollution, but let the righteous maintain a straight course and the holy continue on in holiness.”
One of the things I look forward to when I get to heaven is not having to deal with maintenance. Everything …I mean everything needs consistent maintenance.
Websters defines maintain as follows:
To preserve from failure or decline.
Proper maintenance means that we “sustain” something. Everything we do requires maintenance. We maintain our cars. We maintain our yards. We maintain our homes. We maintain our wardrobe. We maintain our health. We maintain our jobs. We maintain our finances. But, I think the most significant maintenance required would be proper maintenance in relationships.
If both people in a relationship do not work together in maintaining that relationship…..at best it becomes work, at worst it disintegrates. I am referring to all relationships whether it is a marriage relationship, a relationship with a parent, sibling, or other blood relative; a courting or dating relationship, a co-worker relationship, as well as a variety of levels of friendships that we have whether they are categorized as reason, season, or lifetime friendships. However, on top of the list of relationships, our relationship to the Lord should take precedence.
When we don’t maintain our vehicles….they break down. When we don’t maintain our yards, the neighborhood association puts a warning letter in your mailbox or your neighbors get upset…or you cannot see the forest for the trees…ha. When we don’t maintain our homes, dust increases and even certain hazards could occur if electrical issues are not maintained. When we don’t maintain our health, we are really rolling the dice. When we don’t maintain our jobs, we risk losing our job. When we don’t maintain our relationships, we take a chance of losing those relationships.
It’s a beautiful thing that whether we maintain our relationship with the Lord or not, He never drops the ball….He always carries out His part of the bargain…which is 100% GRACE…and that indeed was a bargain for us….it allowed us true freedom…..but it cost Him EVERYTHING. That’s why I think it’s crucial that we place His relationship as the #1 priority, and we maintain that relationship with effective two-way communication (prayer ..and that means listening to Him as well). The Bible is the most important guide for maintenance in our lives. The Word tells us how to maintain our relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…and it also provides an abundance of assistance in maintaining our earthly relationships.
We need to focus more on maintenance while we are on this journey. The rewards are great. Then…..when we get to heaven….we can be confident that everything will be perfect ALL THE TIME…no maintenance required! That maintenance was handled at the CROSS!
Maintenance is required or else things get messy!
We have a Master of Maintenance Who is ready to clean things up!
We ALL need more help in the maintenance department!