Last week, I had a very refreshing lunch with two of my friends and youth leaders: Paolo Santillan and Caryl Fenis. We talked a lot about ministry, memories and calling. As we talked about those things, the discussion slowly centered in on the topic of eternal value. I was amazed on how at an early age, they’re already thinking about how their lives will make an impact throughout eternity. I was just so proud of them, knowing that they are not building their lives just on the here and now. Building a corporation, gaining popularity, making a name for yourself or accumulating wealth, although these things are not necessarily bad, they’ll all fade away one day. Making these things the end goal and the ultimate focus of our lives is a meaningless pursuit. For our lives to be truly meaningful, we have to look beyond this lifetime and have a mindset that’s fixed on eternity.
What are you doing with your life that will last forever?
One question that helps me focus on eternity is the question I used as a title for this blog: “What are you doing with your life that will last forever?” I got this question from a Christian Author named Bill Hybels. This question always helps me evaluate that current state of my life and see if I’m still focusing on eternal matters. Bill Hybels in his book called: “Descending Into Greatness” tells how this question changed the course of his life. He realized that everything that he was currently doing was wrapped around the here and now. All his life, he was being set-up by his father to inherit the family business and become the sole heir. Theirs was a very successful company in his hometown. No doubt, he was destined to bring it to the next level and make tons and tons of money. However, because that one single question, his perspective changed. I believe it can help change a lot of people’s perspective, I know because it changed mine as well.
Now if you’re reading this and you’ve managed to stumble upon this blog for some reason, I do hope that you’d ponder on that question. It’ll take a few hours/days but it will definitely go a long way. Thinking about this question is very important, whether you like it or not. It also doesn’t matter if you’re a Christian or not. This question impacts everybody’s lives. I plead and urge you, stop for a moment, pause whatever you’re doing and think about it.
As you sit there and think about that question, ponder about these two other questions below as well. They’re both connected to the first one and can help widen your perspective about eternity. If you’re having difficulty answering the first one, maybe these two other questions will help you understand the first one more.
1) How’s my relationship with God and other people?
Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength. The second greatest commandment is to love our neighbours as ourselves. Are we prioritizing these two commandments? These two things, I believe, are the two things that will have the most important impact in eternity. Again, pause and think about this for a few hours or so. 🙂
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
2) Where am I storing my treasures?
Jesus commanded us to store our treasures in heaven. I believe that Jesus said this not because he doesn’t want us to enjoy our treasures here. That’s not what he is saying! Jesus’ reasoning is perfect: Our treasures in this lifetime are only temporary so why store it here? It’s a matter of usage and storage. It won’t matter if we store Gazillions of Pesos/Dollars here in this world, if we just store it here and not use it to impact eternity, it won’t matter. We should pray to God how to use our treasures here on earth wisely so that we can impact eternity. 🙂
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
I do hope that you took the time, or will take the time to think about those questions. Remember the impact is eternal!!! 🙂 This life will not last forever. Hopefully after this, you’ll focus more on the eternal things rather than the temporary. Let’s always keep to mind the Apostle Paul’s word in 2 Corinthians 4:18:
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
God bless and Happy Monday! 🙂