Left Behind

Today’s message is not rooted in the best-selling Left Behind series of novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, which present the Christian dispensationalist view of the end times.  Nor is it about all of us who were “left behind” after the unfortunate “prediction” made by Harold Camping about the end of the world occurring on May 21, which caused scorn to be heaped upon Christians and the Christian faith.

Today I’d like to discuss what you will have left behind when you are transported into eternity.

What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.  (Pericles, 495-425 BC)

So . . . what have you been weaving into the lives of the people God has called you to serve?  Make no mistake; you are weaving something into the lives of everyone you meet.  What that something is depends on whom you are weaving it for.  Are you weaving for the good of yourself?  Or for the glory of your Savior? 

Jesus spent a little over three years weaving the truths of the Gospel into the lives of His disciples, who then went on to turn the world upside down.  Why?  Because they spent their time weaving the truths of the Gospel into the lives of everyone they came in contact with.  Only the Gospel, illumined within us by the Holy Spirit, has the power to change hearts.  Only the Gospel has the power to transform lives.  Only the Gospel has the power to bring life where there is only death.  The Gospel is the power to slay sin, cultivate contentment, and produce peace.  So if you are weaving the Gospel into the lives of those you serve, you can be assured that what you are doing will live on in eternity. 

Those who weave the Gospel into the hearts and minds of those they serve are leaving behind a lasting legacy under the lordship of Jesus Christ.  At this level of living, life really matters.  Purpose is productive.  Significance is satisfying.  Meaning is magnified.  So what have you been weaving into the lives of others?  What would those closest to you say?  Remember, weaving the Christian witness must be done with both our lips and our lives—our practice and our profession. 

This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!

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