So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal [2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV]
Do you ever wonder what life could have looked like? I marvel at how God worked out so many ‘what if’ scenarios to get me to be where I am. How different could it have looked if at just one those pivotal moments I had chosen the other option.
Life is full of those kind of moment. We’ve all had them and, we will all have them again.
I may think that the substance of my life is based on what I can accomplish, how successful I am or what I accumulate along the way but I have come to recognise in reality, it’s not.
A life isn’t only built by all that we can see. Instead it is built by all that we cannot see.
I think this is why I love that I get to do what I get to, play my part in building local church. It’s too big for me to congratulate myself. In the breadth of eternity, what I’ve contributed is tiny. And it’s not mine anyway – it belongs to Jesus, I am just a willing particpant, here to serve in the building.
When I get busy being someone who helps build Gods House, His church, my eyes are taken off the here and now, what I may think is important and they become fixed on what God wants. The things I can’t take with me. The things that are not temporary but eternal. Things like….
People drawn to God.
The making of disciples.
Seeing lives being changed.
A different kind of legacy.
Treasures in heaven.
I love Hebrews 11 where we read about a whole bunch of people who gave their lives for something they didn’t even get to see in the here and now. And they were happy with that.
They weren’t wanting to build something that could be seen now except to bring glory to their God. What they really built was an unseen future, one which others would get to enjoy in the here and now along with one they would enjoy for all of eternity.
Let’s be builders of the unseen. Less worried about what we have and give our lives to building others, building the church and thereby building our eternal future.