Day#16 What On Earth am I Here For?
What matters most.
Life is all about love.
Because God is love, the most important lesson he want you to learn on earth is how to love. Learning how to love unselfishly is not an easy task.
Of course God wants to love everyone, but he is particularly concerned that we learn to love others and his family. Peter tells us, "show special love for God's people." (1Peter 2:17). Paul echoes the sentiment: "when we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. But we should give special attention to those who are in the family of believers." (Galatians 6:10).
Why does God insist that we give special attention to other believers? Jesus said our love for each other, not our doctrinal beliefs, is the greatest witness to the world. He said, "your strong love for each other will prove to the world that you are my disciples." (John 13:35)
Life without love is worthless! After learning to love God, learning to love others is the second purpose of your life! Four the Ten Commandments deal with our relationship to God and the other 6 deal with our relationship to people.
Love lasts forever.
"These 3 things continue forever: faith hope and love. And the greatest of these is love." (1Cor 13:13). Love leaves a legacy. How you treat other people, not your accomplishments, is the most enduring impact you can leave on the earth.
At the bedside of many people in their final moments, they don't say bring me my diplomas, I want to look at them 1 more time. Show me my awards, my medals, and my gold watch. When life on earth is ending, people don't surround themselves with objects. What we want around us at that time is people, people we love and have relationships with. It's what life is all about! Don't wait until you're on your deathbed to figure out that nothing matters more!
We will be evaluated on our love.
One of the ways God measures spiritual maturity is the quality of our relationships. In heaven, God won't say tell me about your career, your bank account, your hobbies. Instead he will review how you treated people, particularly those in need. Jesus said the way you love him is to love his family. "The only thing that counts is faith, expressing itself through love." (Matt25:40)
Knowing this, you should kneel by your bed, or sit at the edge of it and pray this: "God whether I get anything else done today, I want to make sure that I spent it loving you and loving other people. Because that is what life is all about! I don't want to waste this day."
Why should God give you another day if you're going to waste it?
The best expression of love is time. Relationships take time and effort. And the best way to spell love is
Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can't make more time. When you give someone your time, you are giving them a portion of your life you can't get back. That is why the greatest gift you can give someone is your time.
Many parents will say, "I don't understand why my family complains when I give them everything they need.. I work so hard! What more could they want?"
They want you. Your eyes, your ears, your time, your attention, your presence, your focus- your time! Nothing can take the place of that!
The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolate- its focused attention. It says, I value you enough to give you my most precious asset- which is my time. Whenever you give your time, you are making a sacrifice, and sacrifice is the essence of love.
Love means giving up, yielding my preferences, comfort, goals, security, money, energy, or time for the benefit of someone else.
The best time to love is now. You don't know how long you have- people die, children grow up, you have no guarantee of tomorrow. If you want to express love, you better do it now!
The best use of life is love! The best expression of love is time! The best time to love is now!
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