Does What You’re Doing Matter?
By Rick Warren
“Let the dead bury their own dead. You go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.” (Luke 9:60 TEV)
When you become a follower of Christ, God fills you with his Holy Spirit. The proof of the Holy Spirit in you is not some emotional experience. It’s not speaking in tongues or how high you jump.
The proof that you have God’s Spirit in you is if you are going. Are you telling anybody about the Good News?
Jesus said in Luke 9:60, “Let the dead bury their own dead. You go and proclaim the Kingdom of God” (TEV).
What in the world does he mean by that statement? It sounds pretty callous. But what he’s saying here is that you need to be indispensible. There are some jobs in life that anybody can do, but there are some jobs that only a believer can do. Only a Christian can tell other people about Christ. Only a Christian can tell other people how to get to Heaven. Only a Christian can show Christ’s compassion the way Christ wants it shown.
God wants you to be indispensible. Let the people who are spiritually dead do the things that anybody can do. You should spend more of your life doing things that only you can do.
There’s a lot of stuff you can spend the rest of your life doing that isn’t going to matter at all when you get to Heaven.
But there is something you can do that will make an eternal difference. Is anybody going to be in Heaven because of you? What kind of legacy are you going to leave? The greatest legacy is having somebody come up to you in Heaven and say, “I’m here because of you.” That’s using your life in a valuable way.
Talk It Over
- Do you feel an urgency to share the Good News? Why or why not?
- What does it mean to be indispensable as a Christ follower?
- What steps can you take today to do less of the things that won’t matter in eternity and more things that make an eternal difference?
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