Recently a friend of ours dropped by. She has not been around for several years. I told her how pleasant it was to have her come by and visit and she replied, “I don’t expect I’ll come this way again.” She is not sick, but older and realistically understanding she may not get back to Asia.
Everything and everyone must die. That’s the rule of life in this world. I realized in our friend’s comment how much I resist that simple truth. We don’t want things nor people to die. We don’t want things to change, especially if it’s good or ok and yet change keeps coming like a steam roller, leveling all we cling to.
Every human peaks somewhere in life. Every Christian movement does its thing and declines. Every great church drifts into the ordinary and at times even closes. So then, why bother?
With this in mind we would all be wise to find out what lasts beyond what we see and invest ourselves there.
Where is your treasure? What really excites you? What would be good enough to get you up early without any prodding?
Then ask yourself if that has any eternal value. Will all of that die with you?
The true bottom line in life is Jesus and how we relate to Him and His work.
It is measuring our love for Jesus and asking ourselves what would we be willing to do for love of Christ.
As a Christian worker the only part of our work that is eternal is relational- the time we actually spend with Jesus and the time we spend touching people for Jesus.
Eternal measurement must be the investment we make in people- winning people to Jesus, discipling them, developing their gifts and pushing them forward in God. All of that is eternal and nothing else.
And yes, eventually, we say goodbye, to all the rest.