Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Why am I on this Earth…..?
Just why am I here on this earth at this time? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Is the reason deeper than obtaining as many toys and things as I can and maintaining an acceptable level of physical comfort? I do believe we are all here on this earth, at this time, in this place, for a reason. With the Born Again believer there is no such thing as luck and chance. That being the case, what are my options and what is my purpose for these few years of eternity?
In 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 the Holy Spirit using Paul as the scribe to record God’s truths asks a similar question to get us thinking; “What is our hope, our joy, or the crown in which we will glory in the presence of our Lord Jesus when He comes? Is it not you? Indeed, you are our glory and joy.” Paul was thinking ahead to the day when his race or life on this earth would be over and he would step into the next phase of eternity. That being when he would be in heaven celebrating the lasting legacy of his life by worshiping the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
He anticipated crossing the finish line to heaven and celebrating being there. First with Jesus, whose death and resurrection got him there, and then, with all those who are there (at least in part) because you helped to rescue them. As the song goes, “I can only imagine”, what that will be like. Will we stand in His presence to give Him all the glory, will we kneel, and will we be prostate on the ground? One thing is for sure; even those who do not recognize who God is will one day give account to Him.
As ‘Born Again’ believers you may have done what your Bible said to do: “Snatch others from the fire and save them” (Jude 23) while performing Mat 4:19 “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men”. You weren’t content to just get out of the burning wreckage of sin yourself. You had a burden and you recognized the command to help those around you make it, too. That’s going to make heaven even sweeter. Or is it?
As you look at the legacy of your life so far, do you see many people that you have pointed to Jesus? Can you see some folks who will be in heaven because you were part of helping them understand God’s love and His Son’s sacrifice for their sinfulness? How many people understand what Jesus did on the cross for them because you explained it to them? Have you been to some funerals, and looked into the casket and asked yourself, “Why didn’t I tell them about Jesus while there was still time?”
You can’t have any of those days back. But you do have the remainder of your days on this earth. And you can decide what kind of a difference you want to make with the rest of your life. I hope it’s to help as many people be in heaven with you as possible, to give as many people a chance at being rescued by Jesus as you can. Much of what we do and accomplish here will not mean anything, even one moment after our last breath. Moths rust and death will destroy our worldly accomplishments. Those hobbies, houses, vehicles, etc will all pass away into nothingness. But there’s one thing you can do that will last forever, and that is help someone else live forever by showing them Jesus.
The prophet Daniel described that day when “multitudes that sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” Then he describes the ultimate legacy: “Those who … lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever and ever” (Daniel 12:2-3). Why? Because they’ll be celebrating forever with people whose lives they rescued.
My prayer of us is that we may shine…………….
Matthew 4:19 “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
If you are not a ‘born again’ believer check out Romans 3:23, 6:23, 5:8 and 10:13 and Acts 16:31 it is the only way to have real purpose in this life!