Friday, June 20, 2014

What Are You Striving For?

Mark 8:36 - What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?

If I asked you to list out your five year plan, what would it look like?  It might include goals such as paying off debt, buying a car, getting a child to or through school, losing a pant size, running a marathon, changing a career, getting married, etc.  These are not necessarily bad things in and of themselves.  However, sometimes, we become so fixated on "our" plans, that we often forget about becoming the person God has designed us to be.

We live out our lives striving for the latest gadget or momentary fame that will fade away.  In God's economy, He asks us to strive and labor in order to purse righteousness and build up the body of Christ.  We should therefore examine how much time we are investing in our own spiritual growth and in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

I have never been to a funeral where in the eulogy they listed off all of the great "stuff" the person owned.  Conversely, it is how that person gave their life away to others that is remembered.  In the same way, at the end of our lives, we will be held accountable by not how much wealth we have accumulated, but by how faithful we were with the time we were given on earth.

In looking at your five year plan, make sure that there is a precedence of Christ in your life.  If there needs to be some adjusting in priorities, adjust.  If there needs to be a change in direction, begin that change.  It is best to start today than to look back thirty years from now, realizing that your life was lived in vain.

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