Can you believe it? More than one month is already in the books. We will never have January 2014 to live over again. It is gone. Can I ask you what you did this past month? Did you complain because it was way too cold? Did you work a lot of overtime so that your bank account will grow? Did you spend countless hours watching non-reality as reality slipped by? I hope not.
A.W. Tozer wrote: “How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none. Eternal years lie in his heart. For him time does not pass, it remains; and those who are in Christ share with him all the riches of limitless time and endless years.”
Another year has come to an end, and a new one has begun. Ask yourself, are you completely satisfied? If not, why not? I believe our dissatisfaction comes from having our minds set on the wrong things. Things that don’t last, things like a new car, a bigger house or a raise, things that have no eternal benefit. We busy ourselves with things that have nothing to do with what is eternal. That is why it is so satisfying to serve as the pastor of Central Community Church.
Our church has been participating in the Good Shepherd Hot Meals program for quite a few years now and let me tell you what a blessing it has been to our church family. Yes! I said blessing! I know this story is from a while back, but it really made an impression on my life so I will share it with you today.
November 21, 2005, a couple of guys from Central and I had the extreme privilege of delivering some of the hot meals to shut-ins. We had already taken about six of the meals to their prospective homes and we had one left. After pulling into the driveway, one of us grabbed the meal and went to the door to knock and see if anyone was home. Out comes this little old gentleman in his cardigan sweater and slippers. While the other gentleman and I sat in the car and waited, the older gentlemen could be seen just talking the ear off our other guy.
After about 20 minutes, we got out of the car and introduced ourselves to this very talkative old man. You know taking those meals isn’t just about dropping off some food, it’s about sharing your life with someone who may just need someone to listen to them or give them a hug. The three of us will never forget that little old man who touched our lives for a brief time. I considered it an investment in the eternal. We got to meet another child of God this side of heaven, who some day will be there with us forever.
In 2014, are you investing your time and life in things that won’t last or things that have eternal ramifications? Think about it, can you imagine the dividends? Can you imagine walking around in heaven and someone coming up to you and saying, “Hey I remember you! Aren’t you the one who _______,” The thing is, you are the only one who can fill in that blank. I don’t know about you, but aside from being in God’s presence in heaven, I think having someone say that to me there will be just amazing.
Yes, time may fly, but you can spend it on things that matter. Let me leave you with this encouragement.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
Make sure you are regularly attending a biblically sound place of worship, and from God’s blessings may you be a blessing.
Phillip D. Beck is pastor of Central Community Church, Pymatuning Township.