Habits of Highly Effective Christ-Followers
Begin with the End in Mind – Part IV
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.
Yesterday’s devotional ended by warning Christ-followers not to get too comfortable or too busy in this life and as a result, have little passion for the eternity that Jesus has prepared for us. The danger is that if we seldom think about our eternity, then it is unlikely that we will live in a way to prepare for that eternity.
This begs these questions:
- Are you living now so that you end your life in the way you truly want?
- How do you feel about the way you are presently living if your life ends tomorrow?
- What regrets would you have if life ended far sooner than you now imagine?
- What relationships do you have that need attention or mending?
- What apologies do you want to give and what love do you want to express before your life ends?
Covey’s assertion that highly effective people live life with the end in mind is particularly appropriate for Christ-followers. There is nothing more important than living life so that it ends well with God.
Jesus gave us warnings to live this way. Look at His words in Matthew 25:31-34:
“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’”
Jesus was masterful in painting pictures of eternal truths. Separating the sheep from the goats is a picture that all of us can visualize, even if we have never been around shepherds or sheep.
Now that we have this visual of the end of time, are we living with this end in mind?
Envision hearing these words someday: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world”.
Now, go and live your life in a way that these words become reality at the end of your life.
Father, grant me strength and courage to live for You! In Jesus’s name I pray, amen.