Monday, November 16, 2014
Knowing your quest
Living the Grander Vision – in every context of life
ETERNAL realities are both timeless, because they are eternal, and timely, because they are urgent. It seems that the longer we walk with Jesus, the more urgency we feel concerning the people around us.
Maybe that is because we have attended more funerals – or been more acquainted with the finality of life and its transience through personal circumstances. The memory verses we have stored away seem to take on new significance each time:
For the wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord…Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved…” (Romans 6:23, Acts 4:12)
Bill Hybels tells a story of a meeting where the speaker started to unwind a roll of stickers as he spoke, and and began adorning objects round the room with red stickers.
The speaker explained that the red stickers bore just one word – temporary – and the things he was putting them on would all fade away like leaves in the wind. “If you are living for these things,” he said, “then you are living a life of temporary pleasure, temporary satisfaction and temporary fulfilment.” There were a lot of ‘temporaries’ around the room.
Then he called someone to join him on the platform, and put a blue sticker on their lapel.
“When you get to the end of your life,” he asked, “what do you want it to have been about?”
Clearly, all we can take with us are the people who have trusted Christ as lord of their lives.
No earthly commodity is going to make it into the next world. Neither are titles or achievements. Only souls. Jesus taught a definite heaven and hell, and taught that every human being would either spend an eternity in community with God the Father, or isolation from God in hell.
Bill puts it this way: “I don’t know what the final assessment on my earthly life will be once I am gone. But I know this much: my quest while I am here is to seek people out and and point them towards faith in God. I’ve tried enough approaches in my five decades of living to know that to invest yourself in anything other than people, is to settle for the pursuit of a Lesser Vision.
Heaven and hell are real destinations. The people living real lives around us, opposite us, on our train or by the water cooler will find one of those two destinations.
That presents us with a choice – whether to settle for the familiar and relatively comfortable Lesser Vision, or whether to steer for a Grander Vision in which we:
• Live every aspect of the day with a Grander Vision
• Read with a Grander Vision
• Stand in queues and commute with a Grander Vision
• Work with a Grander Vision
• Drive our cars or walk with a Grander Vision.
That’s a bit like Samuel, the young boy who cried out to God one sleepless night: “Speak, Lord Your servant is listening.”(1 Samuel 3:10) Tell God about your desire to live this way, and let Him direct you. After all, the Grander Vision is His vision being outworked in us – and He wants to use you in it.