Allow me to begin with two quotes and a verse that have been on my mind lately:
1. “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last,” as quoted in a CT Studd poem.
2. “Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs,” as attributed to Jonathan Edwards.
3. “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near,” as Jesus said in Matthew 4:17.
And before you run for the exit thinking I’m about to dive deep into the “end times,” I’m not. People far smarter than I will have to take you on that journey. However, as I watch events unfold in America and around the globe, those three lines seem to stay on the forefront of my mind.
Only One Fleeting Life
Recently, I watched Hamilton. Okay, okay––I have viewed it five times since it became available on Disney+. In it, Alexander Hamilton, as played by Lin-Manuel Miranda, sings a song called “My Shot,” which has the famous line, “I’m not throwin’ away my shot.”
We only have one life to live this side of eternity, and we need to make it count. To do so, CT Studd’s line is a great guide: “Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
It’s one thing to work hard and “move up” the ladder, build wealth, and amass toys to impress the masses. It’s another thing to work for God’s glory, the good of your fellow man, and invest in what lasts forever.
Eternity On Our Eyeballs
Therein lies the beauty of Jonathan Edwards’ quote, “Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs!” When we work for God’s glory, our neighbor’s good, and invest in eternal things, we go a long way in building “gold, silver, precious stones” that’ll last (1 Corinthians 3:12).
On the flip side, working for our own glory to move up the corporate ladder, building wealth, and amassing toys to impress the masses, we’re building the wood, hay, stubble” that’ll be consumed by fire (1 Corinthians 3:12-13).
The End is Near
With these things in mind, remember Jesus’ words in Matthew 4:17 that “the kingdom of heaven has come near.” With only one life to live, knowing only what’s done for Christ will last, and having eternity stamped on our eyeballs, knowing the end is near, what are we to do?
Live for God’s glory, my friends, and enjoy the relationship and freedom you have in Him. What’s more, commend Him to others––tell them how they can share that same relationship with Him by turning from their sins and believing in Him.
That’s a life worth living because it is a life for which Jesus died and commanded we live to make disciples of all nations. As you go, live with the end in mind, don’t throw away your shot, and live to tell others how they can live fully in Him.