What really matters in our lives?
This is an important question because so much of our lives are consumed in the temporary. With the increased pace that we are all on, it seems that we are distracted more than ever with a plethora of things. These are not necessarily bad things, it’s just that we are distracted by so many things bombarding us. With work or school, kids, marriage, relationships and more, our schedules can be a constant race to a never ending finish line. Have you been there? I know I have and it can be demoralizing as you feel you’re doing a lot but not sure what really matters.
This is complicated because as I said, a lot of the things in our lives are good, it’s just there’re so many things happening at once that we can easily be overwhelmed and distracted. It’s funny to me to see fads changing constantly and old things coming back again. I recently was at a high school basketball game where one of the teams uniforms had tight and really short shorts. I laughed because those would’ve been made fun of when I played. This small example shows that everything is static and it flows with the times. Yesterday’s cool is today’s dumb; therefore, if we’re not careful, we’ll coast from thing to thing seeking to be the latest cool.
This is dangerous because it causes us to be engulfed with the temporary. Scripture teaches us that this world is not our home and that our destination is Heaven. With so many things changing at a rapid pace, we must be rooted in Jesus or we’ll be confused and constantly wondering what really matters.
Please understand, this doesn’t mean we can’t have fun, enjoy life, have goals and do our best. In fact, that is how we should live. We need to make it count and have a blast while doing it. Yet, to maximize a life, we have to know the One who gives life eternal!
Notice what God says in Ecclesiastes 3:11,
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”
Notice God has put eternity in everyone’s heart. This gives a longing for purpose and for God. Many don’t know this is what’s happening in them, yet this desire is yearning for Jesus. We all inherently know there is more!
This is why money, sex, drugs, success, people, places or things can’t fulfill us. Everything we reach for, good or bad, is limited and can’t touch that eternal desire in us. We’ve all seen this over and over again from the famous, to ourselves in the mirror. Our challenge is to keep what really matters as the core of our lives, so that everything revolves around Him.
So what really matters?
It’s simple and profound, yet it’s only two things. Love God and love people. These two things are the only aspect of our lives that will go into eternity. Everything else will stay behind, as it is temporary and has limited value. Our clothes, our house, our office, and our phones will not be with us when we leave this world. However, this is easier said than done as we feel the constant pull to be cool, to be known, to have respect and be somebody. Again, nothing wrong with these ideas, it’s just, we must receive all of this through Jesus!
When we do this, we’re empowered to be authentic, to be free, and to love others as God loves us. We must never forget, relationships are the only thing we can take into eternity with us. It’s the people in our lives that are the greatest treasure. It’s the people in our lives that we find significance and purpose. Culture tells us to use people. God says to love people. God says love the unknown. Culture says be cool. Good says be you. Culture says know the right people. God says know me and I’ll bring before great people.
Notice Jesus puts emphasis on what really matters, and culture puts emphasis on what doesn’t matter. It’s this battle that will determine our effectiveness and impact throughout our lives.
What really matters to you?
It’s my hope you live to love God and to love people. That you would be a part of something bigger than yourself, so that you find yourself.
Our greatest impact is revealed in our families, in our co-workers, in our neighbors, with our friends and even our enemies. This is the mandate for every Christian and church. This is the heart of God for all of us and the sooner we all receive this, the sooner we will see God do miracles.
Who is in your life today?
How can you love them as Jesus loves you. This is what really matters and this is the only thing will last forever. So please don’t waste your time on nonsense when God has amazing things for you and your family.
I encourage you to bring someone to church. Be a bringer and be a doer of God’s purpose on the earth. This is to live. This is to win. This is to be relevant and this is to be His.
Seize your day and make a difference! It will last forever because this is what really matters.
Have a great week and the best is yet to come,