“If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:15).
Degrees, recognition plaques, photos of special moments…I see these each day on my office wall. But I see something else; a vision of my children having to sift through my “stuff,” deciding whether they want keep this or that, put it in a garage/estate sale, or “chunk it” in the dumpster. My sense is when this “stuff” is taken off the wall, it will find itself in the “chunk it” pile. This is as it should be. After all, a closer look reveals that it is composed of the same “stuff” as wood, hay, and straw (v.12).
“Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and confirm for us the work of our hands; yes, confirm the work of our hands” (Psalm 90:17).
Strange how the masses labor to protect their property, family, and investments, but not their time. How you work your time confirms and establishes the trajectory of your life and, ultimately, your destiny. If we do not predicate how our time will be spent, others will. Just “killing time” is a failure to appreciate the value of this non-renewable resource.
“Let Your work appear to Your servants and Your majesty to their children” (Psalm 90:16).
As stewards of the life of faith, we must be attentive to the details of how time is utilized. A legacy of faith is not accomplished by church attendance, as even unbelievers can attend…and they do. Nor is a legacy of faith established by confession, as nothing is easier than verbal assent. Your legacy of faith, and mine, will be remembered and perpetuated only by those in whom we have invested.
“For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by, or as a watch in the night” (Psalm 90:4).
Right now is the most important measure of time in your life…not yesterday, today, or tomorrow…but NOW…this moment. If you are going to choose to live joyfully and fulfilled, it must be right now. Otherwise, you are just waiting for more favorable circumstances to dictate your attitude and perspective on life. In the limited moments that are ours, we must not think of time in terms of years, months, or even days, but NOW. For our time-conscious age, it is a timeless truth.
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (Isaiah 6:8).
A vision of God’s grandeur and his grace-filled salvation always elicits a burden of responsibility that desires to respond; that longs for others to see and experience what the Father has done and is doing. His is a story waiting to be told by those willing go forth.
“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance” (Romans 2:4)?
Only an intellectual lightweight would think of God’s amazing grace as a license to live as one pleases. A more accurate understanding is to see God’s grace as the motivation to pursue each day in a way that is pleasing to Him. It’s heavy stuff.
“And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will’” (Matthew 26:39).
At both his baptism and transfiguration, the voice of God declared, “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased.” Even so, at a moment when his only son was grieved to the point of death, and asked to be spared this fate, God said, “No.” Whether a blameless saint, like Job; a man after God’s own heart, like David; an industrious missionary, like Paul, or, even the sinless Son of God, himself, all have experienced the “No” of God’s providential purposes. They did not chunk their faith and walk away but, instead, continued forward into the mysteries of the faith, and the language of “Therefore,” “Nevertheless,” and “Yet, not as I will, but as you will.” This is the language of unceasing faith in the midst of circumstances that will inevitably change.