And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.” ~Revelation 21:3
Here’s a perspective that maybe you have never considered. The only thing that lasts for eternity is our relationships. Think about it for a minute. For all the hours and hours of our life we spend earning money so we can buy “stuff,” none of it will be going with us when we leave this earth. No cars, houses, boats, Harleys, clothes, I-Pods, cell phones, nothing will be joining us in eternity. The only thing we will have from this life is our relationships. And how we spend our time here will determine the depth and breadth of those relationships.
Wayne Cordero gave an illustration at a conference a few years ago. He said to imagine a rope stretched out in front of you going to your left for eternity and to your right for eternity. The rope represents Time. Then take a pin and make a small scratch on the rope. That represents your life on this earth in relation to all of eternity. How will you spend your minutely short time here? Will it be focused on collecting “stuff” that will rot away, or in building relationships that will be forever? It’s your choice.
- Read Revelation 22:1-5, then take an inventory of your life? How are you spending your time?
- Now determine what percentage of your time is spent on building relationships – both with the ones you have now and toward leading more people to know Christ through relationships with not-yet believers.
- We all have to earn money to live, but are there some changes in priorities that you should making? If yes, what are they? [Or, with whom do you need to be building relationships?]
- Why are relationships so important to God? [HINT: What was the reason God created the world to begin with?
Father, open my heart to people – all people. Help me to focus on relationships more than things. I want to keep my priorities in line with Yours and focus on what will last. Amen.