Have you looked at old pictures of family or friends, even yourself, and noticed the difference in them between then and now? This certainly brings to mind the reality of James’ words in his Epistle when he says, …For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. Though this is true, yet it is also true that we can be used of God to be a great blessing to many folks even in a short time if we give Him the control of our lives.
Along this line of thought the name Robert Murray McCheyne comes to mind. A great Scottish preacher of the 19th century, McCheyne’s name and his accomplishments in the Lord’s work are still remembered by many even today. McCheyne lived just short of 30 years in this life, and only about 16 of those years were as a believer. Yet he made an impact for Christ in this world that is still felt today.
Of course, even more, the Lord Jesus was only 33 years old when He died and then gloriously rose again. Only in eternity will we know the impact He has made in the lives of countless millions of souls that have been saved from an eternal hell through faith in His blood.
What is my point? The point is that we can do as McCheyne’s motto was, live so as to be missed. This only counts for eternity however, when we belong to Christ and are submitted to Him. Again, only eternity will tell the impact for good and for God can be made by our simply being obedient to His will. This is true of our giving as well as of our living. The BBN BI is delighted to offer course number 20700 entitled The Stewardship of Life. Dr. Tom Taylor teaches us some practical Biblical truths along the theme of how to make our lives count for eternity.
The BBN Share-a-thon is also a great time to join in with thousands of God’s people to reach out to our world with the Gospel. Not only can we give of our financial resources that God has loaned us, we can also give of our very lives every day as we submit to the Lord. In this way, we can be like the Macedonians about whom Paul was able to say, Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. Their spirit of sacrificial giving still gives off a pleasant fragrance today because as the saying goes, Only one life ‘twill soon be past; only what’s done for Christ will last.