The Tasks for Today in Light of Eternity

July 7, 2017 | Tags: ,

Therefore be alert, since you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.

That slave whose master finds him working when he comes will be rewarded.

-Matthew 24:42, 46

As followers of Jesus Christ, we are to constantly live in light of eternity. We are to be focused on the tasks in front of us today, while at the same time, viewing these tasks with eternity in mind. This requires us to walk a very delicate balance in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus taught His return is imminent, meaning it could occur at any moment. However, Jesus also taught that He is to find us working when He returns. We are to live in expectation of His return, but we aren’t to sit around acting lazy because He could return any moment. Conversely, we are not to be so wrapped up in today’s activities that we forget about eternity. Our daily assignments are to be prayerfully considered, constantly seeking Him for guidance and direction throughout our day. When we seek God first over our to-do lists, the Holy Spirit will lead us into activities which bring glory to God and bear fruit for His kingdom.

What does this look like day-to-day? It begins by spending daily quiet time in prayer and Bible reading. As God shapes our hearts through our times of stillness before Him, we will be more attuned to His will throughout the day. Next, think about, or list out, the activities you feel you need to accomplish today. Then submit them to the Lord. Pray, “Lord, you know my day and what’s truly important for your kingdom. Please take this list and order my activities according to your will. Please add or delete according to what you know is best. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” Finally, we continue to seek Him throughout the day for guidance as the day progresses. We remain open if God wants to change our plans at a moment’s notice.

When we make it our goal to live God-centered lives on a daily basis, we find the peace and joy which accompanies a close walk with the Lord. We can trust in His direction at every turn, even if we don’t understand it at the moment. God’s leading is always purposeful and intentional, and He doesn’t waste a single circumstance or opportunity. It just may take time to understand why.

Keep seeking God today over your activities, and remember the blessed hope of Jesus’ return to keep your encouraged. God will be with you, one step at a time.

By Courtney Silberman

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