My first forebears Adam and Eve, together with all their descendants, had been given the task of subjugating the whole Earth to the glory of God. Adam and Eve failed, but the task still stands. My Elder Brother Christ the Second Adam showed man how to do this (Psalm 8 and Hebrew 2:6-11 cf. First Corinthians 15:20-47). And by His grace, all of us need to trust in Him and to follow in His footsteps by doing our own good works to His glory (Ephesians 2:1-10).
For Christ the risen and ascended Second Adam Himself says to John in His Revelation (1:1-18 cf. 14:13): "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, from henceforth! ‘Yes,’says the Spirit, ‘so that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them!’"
Meanwhile, between my own predestinated election before the foundation of the World and my glorification later in Heaven and again at the end of the World — I still had to be conceived, and be born, and grow up, and work, and marry, and raise children, and retire. Soon I shall die, and go to meet my Maker.
But till then, let me labour for my Master from the dawn till setting sun — as I think of all His wondrous works for me! Indeed, in the words of another challenging verse: "Only one life. ’t will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ shall last."
So then, in the unforgettable words of the Apostle Paul (in First Corinthians 15:51-58): "Behold, I show you a secret!…. We shall all be changed — in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound; and the dead shall be raised incorruptible; and we shall all be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption; and this mortal must put on immortality. So, when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption and this mortal shall have put on immortality — then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written ‘Death is swallowed up in victory!’
"O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? The sting of death, is sin; and the strength of sin, is the Law. But thanks be to God Who keeps on giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Therefore, my beloved brethren — be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord! Forasmuch as you know that your labour in the Lord, is not in vain."
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Early Years in England
WithaChinese-sounding namelikeLee(which howeverinCelticmeans"Hymn"!),I find it very easy to believe my life started at my conception — rather than only nine months later at my birth. Iwasconceivedin"ThreeTrees"bungalowinHelsington(beyondthetop ofGilligate just outside of Kendal). My mother was a dedicated Roman Catholic, though my father an outspokenAtheist andamateurActor (stage-namedNigel Wesley). Probably,I –FrancisNigel Lee — was sanctified from conception onward (cf. First Corinthians 7:14).
For, so my mother later told me, she dedicated me to God and His service before I was born. Indeed, while she was carrying me prenatally — she often used to sing to herself:
"Here's a little Franky Lee! My heart is full of joy. I'm asking God to send to me a fair-haired blue-eyed boy!"
I was born on 5th December 1934 in the Helm Chase Nursing Home in Kendal. I was named Francis — `Franky' for short. Why? Because that was my mother's father's name; and also because St. Francis of Assisi was, at my baptism, declared to be my "patron saint."