Well, we are into another year. You’ve been here before, right? A new year, more resolutions, more bills, more hopes and more dreams. My prayer for you is that this year is better than last year.
But more importantly than how this year turns out for you, is how eternity turns out for you. Are you building a legacy to remember? Today, I want to point out that legacy people have an eternal mindset.
God does not exist within the boundaries of time. God created time and therefore, He is not bound by his own creation. God created time and seasons and the Bible tells us that there is a season for everything under the sun.
You and I are here on this earth for a season. We appear on the timeline of eternity for a brief moment and then our turn is over. Legacy people see this life through the lens of eternity. We have to prioritize our motives and activities based on their eternal value.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21 (NLT), “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”
I didn’t grow up thinking I would become a pastor. That wasn’t even on my radar. But I did want my life to make a difference in such a way that God would be pleased. I wasn’t afraid of God. My motive wasn’t to make him happy so he wouldn’t be angry with me. I’ve always had a healthy concept of God. I just wanted to honor Him with my life.
I’ve never been drunk a day in my life. I’ve never smoked marijuana. I’ve never experimented with drugs. I was never promiscuous. That doesn’t mean I’m holier than thou. It simply means that I don’t have one of those amazing transformational testimonies where I was riding on the Highway to Hell and then started climbing the Stairway to Heaven. (Pardon the 80’s musical references). I love those types of testimonies; I just don’t have one like that.
But the funny thing was that I never thought I was missing out on anything because those were not things I wanted to do. I never felt like I was living a lesser life. I just genuinely wanted to please God.
The Ol’ Country Preacher used to say, “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep in order to gain that which he cannot lose.”
I want to encourage you to view this life through the lens of an eternal mindset and build a legacy to remember.