What are you doing that will last for eternity?
Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. (James 4:14)
Life is truly precious and there are no guarantees of tomorrow. Our life long dreams and goals are usually for this life, but David said this life only last 70-80 years. Eternity is a lot longer than that. We all want to succeed on our jobs and prosper in life, which is fine, but have we considered that all that passes away with us. The only thing that will last is the eternal things. We spend so much time, even in ministry, trying to get ahead that we neglect the weightier things.
As we try to raise our kids and encourage them to get an education, do we encourage them to have a relationship with Jesus Christ? When is the last time that you read the Bible as a family?
You see, greater than your kids succeeding in life is them succeeding eternally. I would hate that I never took the time to train up my son in the eternal things, and when it comes time for us to stand before Jesus, him be turned away. Even as a pastor I have to invest in him, even as you should invest in your children. What are you doing outside of your home for eternity? Do you serve the Lord through your church? Are you willing to take someone under your wing and disciple them or even teach a Sunday School class? Have you invited someone to church lately? When is the last time you went to visit someone in the hospital or the nursing home? Have you called those that you noticed missing from church on Sunday, just to check and make sure they were alright?
There are so many things that hold eternal weight that we neglect to do because "That's the Pastor's job." You will stand at the same judgment seat and answer what you did for eternity's sake. I challenge you today, invest in someone that needs an extension of God's love.
Have you ever bought something and tried to put it together without the instructions?
A few years ago, we bought a file cabinet, and I ventured to put this together all by myself. I got the whole thing put together, and the time came to put the drawers in. They wouldn't fit all the way in. As I evaluated the situation and my ability was questioned by my helpmeet, I had to go back to the instructions to see what I did wrong. I eventually got the drawers in, after noticing my extreme ignorance, and now have a beautiful file cabinet.
What is the moral of the story? Many of us go through life without regarding the instructions. We feel like we can do it all on our own and never look at the guidelines. In our walk with God, He has given us a magnificent set of instructions. They are very clear, precise, and up to date. As a matter of fact, they are infallible and without error.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (II Timothy 3:16-17)
Going through life without ever looking at the instruction book, the Bible, will cause us to go through life with ignorance. You see, there are things written, that if abided by, would save us a lot of heartache. The Bible clearly gives us a map of the things that should be done and shouldn't be done. It also gives us examples of men and women who tried it the right way and those who chose to do it the wrong way.
The old saying goes, "A dumb man never learns from his mistakes, a smart man will learn from his mistakes and an extremely brilliant and wise man will learn from others mistakes." Why is it that people choose to do it their own way without following the instructions? PRIDE. It is manly to be able to put together a file cabinet without the instructions, right? Wrong! I challenge you to indulge in the instruction manual; learn it, study it and know it. You will never regret having learned the greatest book of all, The Word of God.