In any situation that you go through, if you are confused, lacking confidence, discouraged, or just don’t know what to think (which none of us do on our own)… you need the voice of God.
What does Reform Church think about funerals? Well, it’s not a matter of what a person thinks about funerals, it’s a matter of what a person believes about death. Whatever you believe about death is going to form your opinion on funerals.
I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times: “Everyone has their cross to bear.” That phrase is almost universally used for some kind of suffering. “Taking up your cross” is also constantly interpreted in the church as “dying to self” or “bringing your flesh into submission.” Where is that interpretation in the Bible? Your guess is as good as mine. “Taking up your cross” is actually referring to rest from your works and your salvation.
Unfortunately, it is almost common knowledge in the church that when we get to Heaven or when Jesus comes back again, we will all be rewarded for our actions. Supposedly, all of our actions will be tested by fire, and we will be rewarded for the good ones that we’ve done. None of this is even close to being true.
When Jesus was at the cross, He said, “It is finished.” That means that Jesus was finishing ALL of our problems! But so many people will tell you, “Oh, Jesus wasn’t taking ALL of my problems at the cross. There are still problems we will go through until Jesus comes back again. Jesus was ONLY finishing the punishment for sin at the cross!“
As a believer, if you find yourself envious of what someone else has or what someone else can do or if you find that you’re disappointed in yourself because you’re comparing yourself to somebody else, here are two biblical principles that will remedy that with some time and meditation.
Don’t daydream about something off in the future. Don’t fantasize. Don’t use your imagination to picture what things could be like. As a believer, your reality is much better than anything you could dream up, even if you don’t think so.