Every one of us will have to face eternity—to look across the chasm of death to life beyond. Two paths wind away into that never-ending future: one to life with God, and one apart from Him.
For those of us who have chosen to follow Jesus, we look forward to an eternity filled with joy and free from sorrow. The guarantee of eternity means we can live every day on this earth not for our own gain, but for the benefit of God’s kingdom.
So let us lay aside the meaningless things that fill up our days—pursuit of fame, gathering of stuff, swelling of bank accounts. Instead, let us use what we’ve been given in the time we have to proclaim the gospel of Jesus to ourselves, our disciples, and the world. Because, one day, the opportunity to choose eternity with God will close forever.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
WORSHIP IN LIGHT OF ETERNITY
DISCIPLE IN LIGHT OF ETERNITY
LEAD IN LIGHT OF ETERNITY
Does your life thank God for the gift of eternal life?
Are you discipling your team with the urgency of eternity?
Are you leading your church to spread the gospel to the world?
Through Jesus, our God has given us access to eternal life. His gracious gift should drive us to worship. We worship not only with songs and words, but also with our lives. The Apostle Paul calls us to offer up ourselves as an offering to God. We worship by focusing every aspect of our lives on Him—not ourselves. In light of the gift of eternity, we express our adoration for God by living in radical sacrifice.
Jesus commissioned His disciples to make disciples, and those twelve put everything on the line to carry out that mission. For them and for us today, the promise of eternity is the armor we wear as we engage in the mission of God. As leaders in the Church, we dedicate our lives to discipling those God has entrusted to us, because in light of eternity, it’s the only thing that really matters.
The gift of eternal life is available to all who will accept it. And the dying world needs to hear that gospel. So we lead our congregations into communities and the world to take the hope of eternal life to a world facing eternal death. We bear bold witness together by serving the lost, moving with urgency to any and all, because eternity is forever.
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