Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers
Begin with the End in Mind – Part III
Scripture Reading: Galatians 6:1-10 NLT
Key Verse: Galatians 6:8 NLT
Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
Picking up from yesterday, do you regularly think about all that God has prepared for you, as a Christ-follower?
The Scripture often mentions the eternity that God has for us who believe. Let this encourage all believers. The Apostle Paul prays for believers to have their minds and hearts “flooded” with thoughts about their eternity:
I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. (Ephesians 1:18 NLT)
Once we lose hope, we lose the motivation to endure sacrifices or suffering that Christ-followers experience in this life. This is a key factor for Christ-followers to begin with the end in mind. We Christ-followers need to regularly remind ourselves of what is really the most important thing… how our lives end up.
One of the things I do to help me with this is to pray Ephesians 1:18. I ask God to flood my heart with light so I can understand and see the great hope, and the glorious inheritance Jesus has prepared for me. When my days come to an end, I want Philippines 1:21 (NLT) to be so burned into my memory that I can say it as my reality at the end of my life:
For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.
Many of God’s people are so comfortable with their lives that they do not find much joy when thinking about their passing from this life to the next. Or they do not find joy because of being too busy to think about the next life.
Both reasons are dangerous patterns for any believer. Believers that are too comfortable in this life are living too close to the edge of lukewarmness in their spiritual lives. They can slip into an unbalanced life of passion for the things of this life with little passion for all the Jesus has prepared for us.
If you trust that Jesus really did go and prepare a place for us (John 14:2-3), then how does He feel if he sees little desire from His followers to be a part of that Kingdom?
Father, open my eyes to my spiritual condition. If I am too comfortable with this life, help me to break that pattern. In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.