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Make Your Life Count for Something Eternal

Pastor Randy Shafer

 
The overwhelming majority of things we do during the day are superficial and temporary. If we are not careful we live our lives and end our lives having accomplished very little of eternal significance. So how do we bring a sense of the eternal into each day? How do we ensure we spend our lives building something that will outlast our time here on earth?
 
Understand what it is that has eternal value.
 
I believe that the only thing that has eternal significance is relationships. 
 
  1. First, our personal relationship with God. 
  2. Secondly, our relationship with others as we impact them for eternity. 
 
I believe that the key word is LOVE. 
 
· For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. [John 3:16 (NIV)]  · By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. [John 13:35 (NIV)] 
 
· Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. [Mark 12:30-31 (NIV)] 
 
Try this today. In every conversation, ask yourself, “How can I help this person experience more of God’s grace and strength? How can I encourage him or her to keep pressing on? What words can I use to help them feel the comfort of God’s Spirit?” 
What words can I speak and what actions can I do that will step others closer to a personal, saving, eternal relationship with God. 
 
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…Christ’s love controls (compels) us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. [2 Corinthians 5:14-15] 
 
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May we each use whatever gift, whatever resource, whatever opportunity God puts at our disposal to make an eternal difference in the lives of the people around us.