In Light of Eternity

IMG_0707_2I was listening to one of my favorite songs the other day, “Lose My Soul” by TobyMac, featuring Kirk Franklin and Mandisa. I was singing along with Mandisa and the phrase, “Livin’ in the light of eternity” stuck with me. I’ve always loved that turn of phrase. It holds such a huge concept in a single line: live for eternity.

Life Priority Check

Live in the light of eternity … eternity in their hearts (Ecc. 3:11.) These words remind us to live for more than the here and now. It’s easy to get caught up in our daily needs, burdens and concerns, but there is more ahead, friends. So much more.

You can watch the news and see our world spinning ever closer to the return of Christ, with catastrophe and chaos along the way. This is the perfect time to perform a “systems check” on our lives. What does the way we spend our time and money say about our priorities?

Are we living for the here and now? For our self alone? Or are we focusing on what really matters? To make sure we “love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength.” To remember to “love our neighbor as our self” and to show the world we are Christians by our love. Do we consciously give our families the best of us and show the fruit of the Spirit at home? Are we finding ways to make the lives of others better? Notice that these are all actions we take …

Eternal Actions: Outward & Inward

… Because living for eternity doesn’t mean sitting around and waiting for the Lord to come and take us to heaven. It isn’t only about deepening our spiritual life and our prayer life. That’s certainly part of it, but when we draw closer to the Lord in prayer, we will find He then compels us to show His love in very practical ways to those around us. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27.) There is no shortage of orphans and widows. There are so many homes with only one parent. So many kids find themselves alone. So many need support and not only financial. So many people need a friend, an afternoon out, a ride to church.

The second half of that verse, “to keep oneself form being polluted by the world” is a tall order these days as our society reaches a saturation point of sin. We have to take a sober look at how much is seeping into our hearts and minds through the music and media we absorb. We have to be careful to not “call evil good and good evil” (Isaiah 5:20) but to align our hearts and minds with the Word of God and what He says to be true.

A Life that Lasts

If we want to live a life that lasts, if we want our works to live on and to not be burned up as worthless at the judgment (I Cor. 3:12,13), then we need to be sure we are living for the right things and that we are doing the right things. Time is short. The Lord is coming soon.

“And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8.)

I know I have some things to work on. What does your “Light of Eternity Systems Check” tell you?

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Faithfulness & Reward

Faithful in Little

Author Mary DeMuth had a very honest and compelling blog post last Friday about being Faithful in Little. I identified with her comments and have continued to think about the importance of faithfulness and how easy it is to get discouraged with the “little.” (You can read Mary’s blog post here.)

If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest in greater responsibilities” (Luke 16:10 NLT).

God Does Reward

This verse has always implied to me that if I am faithful in little things, God will give me greater things. The Parable of the Talents supports this when the master says to the servant who multiplied what the master gave him, “You are a good servant. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, so you will be governor of ten cities as your reward” (Luke 19:17 NLT).

Like Mary, sometimes I feel like I’ve been faithful in little things for a really long time. You start to wonder when the Lord will reward for being faithful in little things. When will He give greater responsibilities? I love being faithful because I know it pleases the Lord, and that’s what I want most of all. But I also love Bigger, Greater and More!

I love big crowds. (I grew up in big churches.) I love reaching Lots of people! I pray for God to “expand my influence” for Him. And I really do want it to be for and about Him. Don’t I?

In His Time

A thought occurred to me . . . What if being faithful in little encompasses all of my time on earth? What if my “reach” and “influence” is always small by the world’s (and today’s social media!) standards? What if the “more” and “greater” is in heaven? Perhaps those ten cities I want to rule wait for me in eternity. Perhaps the greater tasks the Lord has for me won’t be revealed until then.

My Choice

Well, then…I will be faithful. In the little things. For however long the Lord wills. My life is His. It is about Him. I will influence the ones He has given me to the very best of my ability for Him.

And I will remember Galatians 6:9 as well. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (NIV) Jesus is the Lord of the Harvest. At the proper time, those seeds of faithfulness will reap a harvest of righteousness. As the Lord wills.

Rejoice!

So, let’s rejoice in the little, knowing that even the “little” is big in God’s eyes and is probably having more of an impact than we realize. Faithfulness, by definition, will be over a long period of time. Let us be steadfast, unmoved. Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and the joy He brings us. Let’s stay encouraged and encourage those around us!

Are you being faithful with the little God has already given you?

Do you need to encourage yourself today with God’s Word to continue in faithfulness?

(If so– Be Encouraged! I’m cheering you on!)


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