Only what's done for CHRIST will last.
I remember hearing that phrase as a child quite often. In fact for most of my life I thought it was in the bible. Actually it is a poem. The next line is...
And when I am dying, how happy I'll be,
if the lamp of my life, has burned out for THEE!
Could that be said of you? I've thought a lot about that recently. In the terms of spiritual things, I wasted 52 years of my life. How much time have you wasted? We all have a choice to make once we become a Christian. Will we sit back and just thank the LORD that HE saved us and that someday we will go to heaven? Or...will we thank HIM and then live like we know HIM and use every opportunity we have to witness for HIM? When you are breathing your last, do you want to know that you did everything you could to help others find JESUS? That when you get to heaven there will be people there that will say they made it because of how you lived your life and how you witnessed to them? It's not so you can pat yourself on the back and say, "Look what I did. See all the people I brought to CHRIST." It's so that others can experience the joy of knowing JESUS as their SAVIOR and not go to hell. Have you ever seen, A Letter From HELL? You can go to Tangle, (GOD TUBE) and watch it. It will WAKE YOU UP! Here is the site...
Take every opportunity you get to tell people about what JESUS has done for you and what HE can do for them. I've talked about "your pain" before. GOD lets us all have some so we have things to share with people. HE doesn't cause us to have it but HE doesn't always prevent it either. We go through things and come out on the other side stronger. Then we can use those things to tell people how JESUS brought us through the pain. Sometimes, how HE carried us. What a testimony those things can be to show how JESUS is "with us" no matter what. The LORD will bring people into your path that need to here your story. You need to be in conversation with HIM all the time, so when HE does, you know it. Don't miss an opportunity.
This whole post came about because I had an aunt that found out about 4 weeks ago she was sick. Yesterday she passed away. She was a Christian but you would never have known it. She lived most of her life shut up in her home and rarely saw anyone other than her daughter. All the talents that GOD had given her, she wasted. She could play the piano like crazy, but only did it in her house. She was asked many times to use that talent in church, but instead, she just stopped going to church. She took all the pain from her life, turned it inward, and never let GOD help her with it so she could help others. We are not here to just exist, someday die, and then go to Heaven. That's a sorry, wasted, life. Once we become a Christian we need to ask JESUS to help us deal with our pain and use it to help others find their way to JESUS.
When you are leaving this earth you don't want one of your last thoughts to be...I wish I had spent more time with GOD. Getting to know JESUS better and helping others to know JESUS better. You want to be able to say...That you spent quality time with GOD everyday. Talking to HIM, reading HIS word and living out your life for HIM. And, to the best of your abilities, you did everything you could to help others find JESUS as their SAVIOR. Don't go "home" without giving others the opportunity to be able to be there with you.
2 Timothy 4:8
And now the prize awaits me, the crown of righteousness, which the LORD, the righteous judge, will give me on the day of HIS return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to HIS appearing.
1 John 2:28
And now, little children, abide in HIM, that when HE appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before HIM at HIS coming.
The Master said, "Well done, MY good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!"
GOD is AWESOME!
When you get up every morning, and your feet hit the floor, you want the devil to start shaking and say, "Look out, they're up!"