Philippians 2:29-30 (NLT) So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, 30 because he almost died for the work of Christ.
One of the great deceptions of life, especially a life separated from God, is giving your everything to things or causes, only to realize it wasn’t really worth it in the end.
Someone said it like this:
“I climbed the corporate ladder of success… only to realize the ladder was leaning against the wrong wall.”
It’s called giving ‘big time’ commitment to ‘small time’ causes.
How many people give their entire lives for their careers or acquire possessions but then lose family or loved ones along the way?
There is no greater cause in this life than the cause of Christ. It will not only guarantee a person’s life for all eternity, but it is the only life that truly satisfies and fulfills us on this side of eternity. Yet so many Christians give very little commitment to the cause of Christ – they give it little time, little of their talent and little of any money.
Why is this? It’s because they have their values and priorities misplaced.
If you really want to know what you currently value – look at where most of your time and money is going to. Whatever you are spending most of your time and money on, ask yourself this question:
Will it matter in 10 years, 50 years, 100 years from now?
I am all for investing in our future and especially our children’s future, but never at the expense of God’s Kingdom. When you stand before God, He is not going to ask you what did you do for your children, but what did you do for the Kingdom? How did you invest your time and money towards getting people into eternity?
This is called being Kingdom minded.
It’s giving your life to the cause of Christ. Paul uses Epaphroditus as an illustration. He almost died when it came to serving Paul and the purposes of God. And Paul doesn’t say,“Hey guys you all need to lighten up, you are getting too caught up in this Christianity stuff – look you almost died!” No, look at what he says: “Honor people like him.”
What Paul is saying is there is nothing more important than the purposes of God. Even if it means you end up losing your life, it was worth it because nothing on earth can compare to eternity.
Eternity is a long time – and we will all spend eternity somewhere, either with God and separated from God. And as far as I’m concerned, I don’t care what sacrifices I have to make in this life or what pressures or persecutions I might face, if it means helping others spend eternity with God – it was more than worth it!
Don’t you agree?