Chip MacGregor, of MacGregor Literary, recently wrote a blog post that discussed success and significance which I found enlightening. Not because of words of wisdom for his intended audience of writers, but because of one sentence he wrote near the end of his post regarding judgement that applies to every human walking this earth.
His point was this: judgment happens at the end of time, not at the moment of our death.
As I wrap up eight months of intensive study in the book of Revelation, the subject of God’s final judgement at the end of time is fresh on my mind. Reading Chip’s post, however, gave me a perspective regarding this coming event I’d never considered before.
Perhaps it is a new way of looking at the end times for you as well.
Let me explain.
Chip gave an example of a man who influenced his young life, and stated the impact of that one man’s life, of any life, cannot be measured until the end of time.
Have you ever considered that? I hadn’t.
It isn’t when we die that our life stops impacting people. It isn’t when our children die. Or our grandchildren. It is not until God sends his son, Jesus, back to his fallen world that the full measure of how our lives influenced the world around us will be known.
Shortly before my mother died, she told me she was afraid she would be forgotten. Another friend asked that after he died, his family think about him every now and again.
We don’t want to be forgotten, do we?
We want our lives to matter. We want to hear God say on the day he calls us home to him in heaven, “Well done good and faithful servant”. And it won’t be until the very day when Christ established his new heaven and new earth we will be able to know just how far and wide the influence of our lives actually extended.
Back to Chip’s post on success and significance. He said because our lives impact others in ways we may never know, significance matters more than success.
Do you agree or disagree?
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Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before. 1 Thessalonians 4:11 (NLT)
I wish you well.
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