I’m sad to say that I’ve attended two funerals this week. Everywhere I turn, someone is suffering. I can’t remember another time when so many people I love were struggling. The weight of it is crippling. It has a way of piercing your heart and attacking your mind. Death and heartache tend to put things into perspective. Grief and reflection go hand in hand it seems. We’re often reminded of James 4:14 which states, “you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Growing up in church, I’ve heard countless references to that verse. Only now have I really begun to understand what it truly means.
Over the last few months, I have been strongly convicted over how I spend my time and alignment of priorities. My catchphrase for the last two years seems to have been, ‘there’s just not enough time in the day.’ Well, that might very well be true, but am I using the time I have wisely? No, I am not. I waste so much time on things that simply don’t matter. I believe if we stepped back and did a little self analysis, we’d all say that we waste a significant amount of time. It’s quite easy to do. Truthfully, our society thrives on distractions. Social media, the entertainment industry, escapism, etc. Everywhere you turn, there is something waiting to take you away from the task at hand. In my own experience, I didn’t realize it until the sensation of drowning became commonplace. This is simply unacceptable for a child of God.
God has called us to be good stewards. He requires proper stewardship over our time, our homes, our finances, and anything else of which he has entrusted us. 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 says, “This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.” Our perspective must shift in order to become a better steward. We must remember that we are working for God, not man. Colossians 3:23-24 reminds us, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” Verse 24 is the key. We become distracted and bogged down with life when we forget that Heaven is our inheritance. Our ultimate goal as Christians is not to thrive here on earth, it is to store up treasures in Heaven. We are to live as though Christ could return at any moment. If we live as if He could come right now, our priorities shift into alignment. We focus less on trivial matters and dig into the Word of God. We will stop worrying about what others think of us and we will share the truth of the Gospel boldly and unashamed.
Life will be overwhelming at times, but that doesn’t give us permission to lose focus. We will certainly go through trials, however, we must remember that He walks through them with us. He has given us the ultimate comfort in the Holy Spirit. Roman 5:3-5 says, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has given to us.” He will never leave us, nor forsake us. When we begin to crumble under the weight of the world, let Psalm 61 be our prayer. “Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tend forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.”
Until next time,