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.
Danny and his wife, Sonya, have been lead pastors at Rogers First Assembly in Rogers, Arkansas since 2008.