There was so much content this morning, I will break this into parts. Here are the slides from this morning > Clear eyes 5 – you never know
We will never know “when” it will happen but there is absolute clarity about “If” it will happen. It will, for every one of us. We will all die. I am now 55 years old and there is no doubt that I am certainly past middle-aged. The rest of my life will be shorter than the life I have lived.
Time is running out for me and it is running out for you. Clear eyes about this, men, the end is coming. The call or question or quest for all of us is this = how will we live out the rest of our days? Will it be for my kingdom or God’s?
Our days are short. None of us are promised tomorrow. I don’t want to be the kind of man of puts off having a prayer life or puts off reading the Bible figuring I have a lot of time later in life for that because, you know, I’m just so busy at work building my kingdom. I don’t want to be the kind of man who waits for that day because that day might not ever get here for me.
Sometimes, Christians are the worst at denying death. The Journal of American Medical Association reports that people of faith (95% of whom were Christians) were 3x more likely to choose aggressive medical treatment at the end of their lives … even though, they knew that they were dying and that the treatments were unlikely to prolong their lives.
Why is that? Why is it that we believers are doing whatever we can to postpone death?
Do we really believe what is on the other side of death? What is we are trying to preserve? Life? It can’t be preserved. This world? Really? We want to preserve our time here because we can’t trust or don’t understand what Heaven will be like? More on that when we get to the full hearts part of this.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not earthy things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3
Your life is worth living precisely because it is not your life at all. Your life – at least in the mortal frame – has a beginning and an end. But your life – your real life – is hidden with or entrusted with Christ. That then gives you the freedom to lose your life in sacrifice to others, in obedience to God, in order to save it.
“Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us. We are pressured in every way but not crushed; we are perplexed but not in despair; we are persecuted but not abandoned; we are struck down but not destroyed. We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-10
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Why are we talking about this? What is our goal?
- Getting to the place where we are absolutely grounded in the Word and in Truth.
- Passionate about our love for Christ.
- Devout in our service to others, pouring ourselves out without demand for a return or a payback.
- Where I don’t fear death.
It is living Excurvatus Ex Se – outward, for others. That man has true freedom. That man experiences authentic manhood.
That man can LiveUP with clear eyes and full heart. That man can’t lose.
I think the point of this message is this – you need to realize and accept that you are going to lose everything you love in this world. Only then can you place all your hope in an inheritance kept in heaven for you. If I keep hanging on the “hope” of what I can hold onto here, I will never look to Heaven. Even if life plays out precisely the way you imagine for yourself in your wildest dreams, death will steal away everything you have and destroy everything you accomplish.
I spend my time thinking about things that will ultimately, go away. It is time to shift my focus to the promise of my inheritance in the Kingdom. To the eternal. To what will last. By avoiding the truth about death, we’re avoiding the truth about Jesus. Jesus didn’t promise us so many of the things we want most out of life. He promised us victory over death.