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Wasted Life or Wasted Eternity?
January 10, 2016, 4:04 am
Filed under: Searching for our Savior in His book | Tags: , , , , ,

“People who do not know the Lord ask why in the world we waste our lives as missionaries. They forget that they too are expending their lives … and when the bubble has burst, they will have nothing of eternal significance to show for the years they have wasted.” These words by Nate Saint, one of five missionaries killed in January, 1956, are inspiring words from a man who knew God and knew that God had a plan for his life. The question that we must address in our lives is whether we are following Jesus in the fulfillment of His plan that includes us and will have eternal benefits or waste our life on the pursuit of temporary stuff. As I write this, a record setting lottery could be won. Someone might win $900 million dollars. That person will make a decision on how that money can be used. Most, spend it on temporary things and most lottery winners are broke within 5 years of a big win. Not only are they broke financially, but many are broken people, finding out that great wealth is not the secret to a happy life. Nate Saint died, happy in knowing that in life or death, he had followed Christ.
That’s the lesson the apostle Paul writes about in Ephesians. What I love about this passage is that Paul shows us we can actually know that God is using our life. In reading the verse words, Paul announces that he is a person chosen and empowered by, not by great inner strength or a commitment to a worthy cause, but by Jesus the Christ. Paul saw that God’s plan included using him as Jesus’ representative. Paul’s life had an eternal focus which resulted in eternal benefits. Throughout eternity, we will see the results of following Christ and fulfilling the purpose God determined was the proper way to use us. I also notice that this life, centered in the will of God, was a life of giving to others. It is much easier or natural for us to be takers. Nate Saint saw that following Christ involved putting our lives on the line, holding back nothing just like Jesus had done. Using the lottery as a comparison, recently a winner gave about 700,000 dollars to her church. What a great use of the money! Until you see that she has put 20 million dollars at risk to bail out her criminal boyfriend. Her eternal focus took a turn toward the temporary quickly. What a waste! Paul was constantly confronted with concerns of the world but never lost Christ vision of the big picture. Even when facing death, Paul talked about for Him to live was Christ. Everything in his life was motivated by the desire to carry out God’s will.
Paul also saw that the saints, or Christians who had been set apart by God, remained faithful because of their relationship with Jesus Christ. I guess the challenge to me is that no matter what, I want to be faithful to God in doing what He made me to do.
I know that verse 2 seems like just a simply greeting and it is. But don’t you find great comfort in knowing that God the Father and God the Lord Jesus Christ. His grace and peace surrounds us. I know that following Jesus involves a sacrifice on my part but I also see that following Him surrounds me with unmerited favor from God and peace. To us peace seems like a word that means the absence of conflict. But the word translated “peace” in the Bible means to “live well” in our standing with God. God’s plan for me, involves that I follow Him in serving Him as well as having the right relationship with God. Here’s the application of these two verses: eventually your life will either be viewed as something that has made a big deal in this world or something that has consequences that last for eternity. Look at yourself right now. What have you focused your life on doing? Will you have a wasted life or a wasted eternity?
wasted life or wasted eternity

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