In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, and having just lost a former co-worker, eternity has been on my mind.
As I sat in the memorial service of my former co-worker, I couldn’t help but think about the service that could be held for me one day. I have no doubt that I’d go to heaven and be with Jesus. However, I do wonder sometimes what would be said at that service, who would show up, and, most importantly, what Jesus would say when I stand before Him.
To be transparent, I haven’t necessarily been the most life-giving person with my speech toward my husband. Jesus said “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:36-37, ESV)
With everything going on it really makes me think a little more about what I say, how I say it and WHY I’m saying it. Because I know that one day I know I’ll have to give an account for EVERY thing.
The bible says that life is like mist or a vapor…
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, 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. (James 4:13-14, NIV)
Life is here one day and gone the next. We aren’t even promised our next breath. This isn’t meant to keep you nervous or afraid, but it’s meant to spur you into greater urgency. The Bible says that one day the 2nd coming of Christ will come as a thief in the night (1 Thes. 5:2). It’s just going to hit and we won’t even realize that it’s here, so we always have to be prepared.
Are you ready? What if today was your last day? What if you only had 20 days left? What would you do with those last hours of your life? Do you know where you would go? Do you know what kind of impact you would have? OR will you have been too busy setting yourself up for the future that you lack to notice all of those standing in front of you right now? Are you aware of the moment you’ve been given now, the command God has given you, that prompting to do something greater than you even thought possible?
I pray that at the end of my life, there is a celebration as they talk about me at the memorial service. I hope that I will have had a lasting impact in people’s lives, and that the sanctuary is filled with people from every race and every background to truly emulate heaven. I pray that people come to know Jesus through the service, and that there is laughing and dancing and love. I want more than anything for my life to be used for God’s purposes and not wasted.
I know I’ve missed God-ordained opportunities because I’ve been so caught up in “getting things done”, and I’m not saying being productive is a bad thing. I get it… you can’t REALLY stop and smell every rose bush. I’m also not saying that we should sit and mope about missed opportunities and beat ourselves up about it. What I AM saying is that WE, I’m included in this just as much as anyone else, need to make a decision every day, nay every MOMENT, to stay focused on eternity.
Really stop, in this moment, to notice where you are, who’s around you, and what God wants you to do.