For what are you living? What are your life goals? When was the last time you visited your five-year, ten-year and fifteen-year plans? When was the last time you laid your personal ambitions down and asked God what He would like to do in and through you?
When you meet with your financial adviser, he will ask you what your goals are. Our answers usually center around retirement, education, job security, providing for a family and the like. We need money to do all of these things, and it is his job to help us make and keep as much money as possible to meet our goals. But what if we considered God’s counsel and input more valuable than that of our financial adviser? What if we sought to understand His heart and asked Him what goals and ambitions would honor Him, momentarily and eternally?
The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains,
The world, and those who dwell in it.
– Ps 24.1
Everything in the world belongs to the Lord. He made it, He is sovereign over it, it is His.
“For every beast of the forest is Mine,
The cattle on a thousand hills.
I know every bird of the mountains,
And everything that moves in the field is Mine.”
– Ps 50.10
He has the resources to provide and take care of His children forever. Therefore Jesus commanded His disciples,
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they…But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
– Matt 6.25-26, 33-34
So if we are instructed to trust God with the future, with our physical welfare, and with our daily needs, on what does He want us to be focused? Dying words, last words are always of utmost importance and Jesus’ final words were what we know as “The Great Commission”:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
– Matt 28.19-20
Make disciples. He wants us to be concerned about making disciples. Not just converts, but finding people who believe and teaching them to observe everything that Jesus taught. He commanded us to love our enemies, to serve the poor, to preach the Gospel to a lost and dying world. It’s really quite simple. Do you have a heart for the lost? Charles Spurgeon said,
“Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you’re not saved yourself, be sure of that!”
How can he make such a bold statement? Because,
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
– 1 John 4.7-8
If you do not love others, if you are indifferent about the eternity of your family, friends, neighbors, and the world, then you do not know God. God is love. And if we know Him, then we love others. And if we understand our sin, embrace salvation and look forward to an eternity with God, then the loving response is to desire that for others. It should be our life’s greatest ambition to bring as many others as possible into the kingdom with us. Spurgeon also said,
“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our dead bodies. And if they perish, let them perish with our arms wrapped about their knees, imploring them to stay. If Hell must be filled, let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions, and let not one go unwarned and unprayed for.”
– Charles Spurgeon
Let’s reevaluate our life goals, and weigh them against Scripture. Let’s invite God to take over our five-year plans. Let’s obey what He said to do and trust Him because He owns everything anyway. We cannot add a day to our lives, but He can clothe the fields with flowers and feed the birds; He can care for His children. So let’s get busy about making disciples, and let’s lay down – to the point of death, if necessary – in sinners’ path on the way to Hell.