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“If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it.” (Matthew 10:39, NLV)
A few years ago, I heard a radio interview that rocked my world! It was with young man who had been a drug addict and through his addiction had contracted AIDS. After getting AIDS he came to know Christ as his Savior. The interviewer asked him if he ever questioned God about why he had allowed such a horrible thing to happen to him.
The young man’s reply left me speechless, “Yeah, I ask God why all the time. Why out of all the people in the world you chose me? Because now I’m going to spend eternity with You!” What this young man was saying is this: life is short, but eternity is forever. Now he was going to spend eternity with the God who had saved his soul.
What an amazing perspective. The world looks at this young man and grieves that he was so young and he had such a short time to live. But we as believers KNOW that now he is really living. He is living in the presence of the one who gave His life to redeem him!
Are you willing to say, “God, you do whatever it takes in this “inch” of time, so that ______________ (you fill in the blank) will be in eternity with you?” Because that’s what it means to live in light of eternity. Are you willing to pray that for your children?
I was living in a world of fear because my teenage son was going his own way and living a pretty destructive lifestyle. Crying out to God, I said “Lord, he could do something terrible and spend the rest of his life in jail!” And the Lord said, “And so what if he does and He comes back to me and his soul is saved? Wouldn’t it be worth it? Isn’t that what’s really important?”
Living in light of eternity isn’t always easy BUT it does set us free!
Living in light of eternity causes us to focus on what is truly important – not the furniture we own, the clothes we wear, the places we travel, the church we attend. The salvation of our souls and those around us – that’s the only thing that really matters.
Will you join me in praying this prayer from Psalm 39:4-5?
Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered—
how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath. Amen
Question: Are you living your life in light of eternity or clinging to vestiges of life here on this earth that will soon disappear?