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Made for Something: Part 3

What is most important to you?

Jeff Grant

Isn’t it amusing to think about what was important to us just a few years ago?

We thought our lives were over when some conflict happened or some opportunity was missed. Now, we don’t even know those people anymore and what seems important is completely different.

I laugh about what I used to think was the end of the world, but have I really learned from that? I still find myself making such a big deal about things that will be over and out of my life in a relatively short time.

I’ve heard it said that the puzzle of life looks pretty confusing from the point of view of just one piece. 2 years sounds like forever to a 4-year-old; it’s half their life after all. So, 80 years sounds like a lot to us, because that’s all we know, but God knows we will live FOREVER.

Imagine a line stretching across your floor. Imagine it keeps going past the walls and down the street, on and on. This is the timeline of your life. Compared to how long you will live, your entire time on earth is a speck so small you couldn’t find it with the most advanced microscope. Smart people call it “infinitesimally” small.

Still worried about your immediate situation? God’s got it covered to the smallest detail, but He’s got the right perspective too. He’s not in it just to get you through the week. He’s invested in your eternity.

When you reach the end of this life, the only things that will last are you, God and other people. You’ll be spending a lot more time with them than you will with that job you care so much about.

Our two jobs on earth are:

  • Love God and our neighbors (Matthew 22:37-39)
  • Tell people about Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20)

God doesn’t expect you to do this all by yourself, though. “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” is one of my favorite hymns. It really hits the mark in the final verse, “Prone to wander, Lord. I feel it. Prone to leave the God I love.”

He’s the hero, remember? God’s the one who will get you to the bull’s-eye. You’re not the archer. You’re the arrow. Walking in the Spirit means letting God do His thing in your heart and He will help you stick to the thesis. “Take my heart. Oh, take and seal it. Seal it for your courts above.”

Hopefully by this point you’ve got a clear heart to surrender your whole life to God and His mission, but there’s more. For practical advice about what your life should look like in response to this, read about Living Missionally.

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