Matthew 16:26 – For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
My friend, 150 years from now, it really won’t matter to you personally, or likely anyone else, if you got that big break, or if you finally traded up to a Mercedes. However, it will matter greatly that you made Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior. Practically all choices have some level of importance, but those that impact eternity are the most important. The problem most people face is that their decisions are so short-sighted that, too often, temporal decisions are made as though they were of eternal importance.
Sir, whether you have a beard or not, or your style of haircut is really not all that important. Dear lady, your hair color, manicure, or the color of your kitchen appliances are really not going to impact eternity in even the tiniest manner. Yet all these things hold far too great a sway in the daily lives of most people. I am convinced that the true importance of our decisions about places, possessions, and performance should rest more on the people we meet, the things we give them, and our service to them than anything else.
Yes, our place of service is important, but who are we serving in those places. Possessions, too, can be important, but more important than possessing them is how we use them to bless others. Take time in your daily life to ask yourself some searching questions. Do you want to make your life really count? Some folks seem to make a life out of trying to meet important people, famous people, powerful people. I have determined in my life that the most important people I will ever meet are the right people who can help me fulfill the life and ministry to which I have been called. The greatest people in my life are not the most famous, powerful, or rich. They are those who loved and trusted me enough to offer their shoulders for me to stand on them, enabling me to see farther, reach higher, and accomplish more than they dreamed. Often, they loaned me their shoulders purely out of their love for me; people like my parents who raised me in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Others saw a spark of something in me that moved them to challenge me to climb upon their shoulders for the same reason I stated earlier. It is from the view I gained perched upon their shoulders that has guided me to recognize those critically important decisions set before me. How thankful I am for all of them. So, 150 years from now, the car I drove and my degrees in life won’t be what really matters. It’s who held me on their shoulders while I did what was necessary to bless and enrich others.
Manna for Today – Matthew 16:24-28; 1 Timothy 2:1-4