Living for self or the Lord?
“You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” — Revelation 4:11
Peter Marshall, a former chaplain to the United States Senate, once said, “The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration but its donation.”
He said, we spend so much time thinking about how to live longer. We can do all the things that are supposedly good for us, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But the key is not duration but donation.
With that thought, what are you doing with the life that God has given you?
We don’t know how many years we have ahead of us. So we need to constantly remind ourselves of why we’re here on Earth and what we’re supposed to be doing.
The book of Revelation tells us there’s a song in Heaven that says, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created” (Revelation 4:11 NKJV).
We’re here to glorify God and to bring forth spiritual fruit. We’re not here to chase happiness or to bring glory to ourselves. We’re not here to run after nothingness.
So what are you doing for the sake of Heaven? What are you doing with your life?
My concern is that a lot of people are living their lives in trivial pursuit. They’re chasing after trivial things instead of asking, “What can I do with the life that God has given me?”
Some people are willing to take risks for the kingdom of God. They’re willing to step out in faith and see what the Lord will do. Others are more careful and cautious. They’ll serve the Lord, but they don’t want to leave their comfort zones. Some people are setting the world on fire while others are still looking for a match. You determine which of those two groups you will belong to. God doesn’t determine it, you do.
Peter Drucker said, there is nothing quite so useless as doing something with great efficiency that should not be done at all. Now that gives us reason to pause, think and say, what am I doing with my life? Am I serving me and my interest or am I serving God and His interest? As I said on Sunday, if we give our favorite sports team on Saturday more attention, praise and celebration than we do God in Sunday worship, I wonder who we are really serving and worshipping?