|Posted on January 26, 2016 at 6:40 PM|
We say it every year, don’t we? “How did the year slip by so quickly?” And, indeed, it has done so, or has it? In actual terms the same amount of time has elapsed – the same amount of time elapses every year – so is it really about time, or really about us? I think we all know it is really about us, and the sheer pace of our lives that we now think is normal. But, compared to just a few years ago, it seems to me that life is much more hectic because of the choices we make and the priorities we set – we’re busier than ever, going faster than ever and time seems to have sped up. Before we know it another year has passed us by!
The critical question become more urgent every year – what have you achieved in all that rush and busyness?
The late John Lennon wrote in his song “So this is Christmas” back on December 1st, 1971 …
"So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun"
So, what have you done this year that counts in eternity? Really counts, that is? I realise that there is much we do that has nothing to do with eternity, like mowing lawns, having a career and playing sport and so on – and there is nothing wrong with any of those things, of course, but if our lives are crammed so much with that kind of stuff such that any eternity perspective can never get a look in … that’s kind of dangerous, I reckon! The apostle Paul once wrote,
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen,
but on what is unseen, since what is seen
is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)
And that’s the critical issue of living as believers, isn’t it? How much focus, time and energy is invested in what is temporary to the detriment of what is eternal? Recently I said in the sermon series that one of God’s priorities is the eternal. He will never sacrifice the smallest drop of eternity for all the human time there is. I believe that is absolutely true. All believers should be keenly aware of that priority and reference their lives off it – because this temporary life is so fleeting. It is but a mist and then it’s gone, says James in the New Testament.
Each Christmas we are given a very focused opportunity to slow right down and consider eternity afresh as we gaze upon the advent story in the Scriptures. We, in Australia, remain blessed that there are some holidays embedded in our calendar that give time to that – but we have to choose to use that time in some eternity reflecting.
The events of that first Christmas were cosmic in scope and they still reverberate today backwards and forwards in eternity. We should take the Christmas worship and reflection opportunity and at least once a year ask the searching question, “What have I done that will live on with me, or as part of me, in eternity?” If we have no answer at all to that question we need to rethink our priorities and make some serious decisions concerning how we will live in the New Year that is coming. If eternity is one of God’s major priorities, it should be one of ours, too.
Have a great Christmas. Enjoy the worship. Embrace the fellowship. Receive fresh revelation and fresh witness in your spirit … but recalibrate your eternity perspective, too.
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