Welcome to my new weekly blog! Through this effort, I hope to bring a deeper dimension to the things we cover in the Sunday morning sermons and to prayerfully provide refreshment and encouragement as we all try to make our way through this corn maze we call life. Hopefully, it will round out the spiritual meal we enjoyed during worship like a good side dish rounds out a good meal at the table. Sort of like the green beans alongside the sermonic steak (apologies to vegans. You’re welcome to insert your own food analogy). So, that being said, let’s dig in.
Our current sermon series called, “Make Your Life Count!”, focuses on living life with eternity in mind. But, you may ask, what does living life with eternity in mind actually mean? Well, in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, we have a passage in the first part of the chapter expounding on a proper understanding of time and its implication in earthly-life events. Life is, after all, a linear series of events marked and managed by our choices, which ultimately shape the lives we live under the sun. We have the life we now live in because of the choices that we have made and continue to make. Sometimes we make good choices, and sometimes bad ones. We are also inadvertently impacted by the good or bad choices of the people around us (family, friends, even strangers). According to this passage, there is a right time for every choice that we face as we live. We often struggle in life because of bad choices in good times, or good choices at bad times.
That’s where living life with eternity in mind comes in. Continuing in Eccles. 3:11, we are told that God has balanced out time with eternity. In this verse, it says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” God doesn’t want us to blindly bounce back and forth between life’s moments like a pinball, rather He has programmed us with a sense of the eternal so that we would trust in and be guided by Him in our choosing process. This eternal focus is again encouraged in Proverbs 3:5-6 where it says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” In other words, God will smooth out the rough stuff and lead you into better choices. That’s what it means to live with eternity in mind.
Hope this little side dish has made you hungry for more of God’s Word. Bon appetit!