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Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be

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Time invested in Christian life helps us grow closer to God

By George Smith

We could draw from the poet Robert Browning’s statement, “Grow old along with me; the best is yet to be,” a parallel for the Christian walk in life.

You trusted Jesus Christ as your Savior; He washed away your sins; you became a child of God. With each experience, your fellowship with him grows sweeter, and the best is reserved for the believer when life here on earth is completed.

A good Biblical example is Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-11). The wedding guests expected good wine at the beginning and the poorer wine as time went along, but when the wine totally ran out, Jesus turned the water into wine, which was unbelievably superior even to the first wine. It takes Jesus to transform life.

I don’t believe this miracle gives us license for drunkenness. The dangerous impurities of the water in Jesus’ day made a diluted wine necessary, not intoxicating. But I think it shows us that Jesus was a social being as he attended a wedding, a banquet, and fellowshipped with others.

The fact that he attended a wedding shows that Jesus is interested in the institution of marriage. He never married, but he did put his stamp of approval on marriage. Still today he should be invited to every marriage as a couple never should begin married life without inviting him to walk with them to the end. As a couple grow closer and closer to Christ, they grow closer and closer to each other.

Jesus came to touch and transform all of life the way he transformed the water into wine. The bitterest water of our lives turns into the sweetest wine at the touch of the Great Transformer.

We cannot fail to observe that Jesus produced wine in abundance. He always does things in a big way, often giving us more than we ask for. He is the Great Abundant Giver.

Even though the Christian is not immune from the pain, problems, troubles and tribulations of life, our fellowship with Christ grows sweeter and sweeter as we follow him until we finally meet him face to face – the sweetest time of all.