I recently had the privilege to share with a gathering of young people on how to make the best use of their days on earth. As I prepared for that meeting, I realized again that God has apportioned to each of us a length of time within which we must do purpose. We won’t be here forever. There is a life beyond time, the quality of which depends on our choices and faithfulness as stewards of time.
Rick Warren, in his book Purpose Driven Life explains that purpose prepares us for eternity. We were created to live forever. What we do here determines who we become hereafter. I want to share very briefly three ways our living purposefully affects our lives in eternity.
1. Doing Purpose attracts eternal rewards.
The scripture is clear about the fact that we are not saved by works. But we are saved to do good works. The works that we do don’t qualify us for heaven but they determine our rewards in eternity.
2. Doing Purpose attracts eternal influence.
Do you ever imagine getting to heaven and seeing folks who gave their lives to Christ because you shared the gospel with them? There is no greater satisfaction than to know that since living purposefully makes us invest in people who will live forever, our influence will last forever.
3. Doing Purpose advances God’s eternal plans.
Your purpose is a part of God’s global plan for humanity. Scripture says God’s plans are eternal. This means, when we do purpose, we advance his eternal plans. We contribute to eternity in time!
Knowing that purpose makes us partakers of God’s eternal purpose, our hope is strengthened. We are assured that we will reign with God forever as recipients of God’s grace revealed in Christ Jesus!
C.S Lewis once observed that the present is the point at which time touches eternity. Since all we have now is the present, let’s get busy doing purpose, so that when time ends, for us life shall then truly begin!