Friday 24, 2017
In order to fulfill the ministry entrusted to us of making Him known, we must change our entire perspective and the way we see people. Consider this quote by C.S. Lewis from The Weight of Glory
“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”
Almost everything we give ourselves to in this world has zero value. The St. Louis Cardinals (of whom I am an avid fan) have won 11 World Series Championships. In the end those championships will have the same amount of eternal glory as the pee-wee team that went 0-12 in last year’s community summer basketball league. The very things we tend to give our best effort and devotion to will pass away into obscurity as the full glory of God is revealed to all of creation. For in the end only two things are eternal. The glory of God and peoples’ souls.
So let’s take joy in the fact that we have the pleasure of engaging in the ministry of reconciliation, which is the only endeavor in this life that produces results with eternal value. For if we but make our lives about the Kingdom, we will please God and be fully satisfied ourselves.
If you’re able, I would challenge you to read Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 & 2 Corinthians 4-5. It will prepare you for the sermon this Sunday and more importantly challenge you to view the world and people around you through the lens of eternity.