As we discussed in a previous blog entitled “Does your view of Heaven change you?”, it would help to know the end result of our life so we could be more effective in living right now. But we also need to know the right path to get to that end result.
Paul the apostle speaks of training for a race (1st Corinthians 9:24-27). This involves hard work and conditioning…no pain – no gain. Are you willing to do the hard work that’s required to reach our goal? Do you have an anger problem? Or a ‘being patient’ problem? Is there something that is keeping you from being all that God meant you to be? Do you know what God has gifted you to do? If you don’t know, now is the time to find out. If you do know, is there anything holding you back? Is it fear of failure? Does it require certain training? Are you willing to do the hard work to see yourself succeed?
Are you willing to make sacrifices to see your spouse succeed at their calling? My wife is called to a women’s ministry at our church. So we sacrificed to be able to send her on a women’s retreat weekend. It was a blessing to her and just confirmed to us that her calling is to this women’s ministry. My adult son’s ministry is not what I would have chosen but it has been blessed by God. Was I going to support him or not? It took me awhile to decide that my reluctance should give way to what was obviously God’s call on his life. Lives are being changed by his ministry.
Here’s a creative experiment for you to try. What would you want people to say about you at your funeral? Take that and work backwards from there. What things do you need to change to make your funeral eulogy a positive one?…for people to say that you honored God with your life?…to say that you knew what God’s plan was for your life and that you pursued it with passion? What are you doing now that will make God say to you at the Pearly Gates, “Well done good and faithful servant….Enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matthew 25:23)?
For His Kingdom,