Isaiah 52:13 (NASB)
13 Behold, My servant will prosper, He will be high and lifted up and greatly exalted.
Matthew 5:10 (NIV)
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
John 6:27 (MSG)
27 “Don’t waste your energy striving for perishable food like that. Work for the food that sticks with you, food that nourishes your lasting life, food the Son of Man provides. He and what he does are guaranteed by God the Father to last.”
We spend our lives doing stuff – stuff to put food on the table, stuff to bring us blah, blah, blah. Death brings things into sharper focus, and as I’ve lost my father in 2002, recently my father in law and soon my mother in law (my mom will go eventually too, but she might outlast us all), it’s given me pause to think.
So, why are we here? Argh, I really didn’t want to go here, but I hope I’m not the one driving the keys.
He and what he does are guaranteed to last, so don’t go after anything that gets in the way, anything of this world that will just rust/rot/crap out on its planned obsolescence date. There’s a reason hearses don’t have U-Haul’s behind ‘em. There’s also a reason that our legacy isn’t tied to our accumulations but to our spendings – how and where we spend our resources matters.
Didn’t he give us our purpose? Didn’t he show us the way forward? Didn’t he show us how to make things work? Didn’t he bless us with the ability to make a difference? Didn’t he give us a choice to to do His work or not? Doesn’t he teach us the consequences of the decision? Didn’t he tell us what our life is going to be like here on earth as we act as His body? He did.
There were no risks for Christ to be a servant because when it was finished it was finished: He lived, served, taught, shared, He was tortured and killed, He is spending eternity at the right hand of the Father. End of story, end of game. What are our risks that impact our behavior, our choices?
Why was Christ a servant leader and not a powerful military king? He could have been the latter if that’s what He wanted us to be, yet, He was a servant. The purpose of life, the why we’re here.
It’s about focus and where we place ours. Where do we want to store our treasures?
Money – for those who have to give a hand up for those who don’t.
Time – investing in others and to give a hand up for those who don’t know the way out.
Life – giving it up here to have it forever in His presence.