It is 1843. A weary mother sits in her one room log cabin in the back woods of Virginia. She attends church when the itinerate preacher comes to her “neck of the woods.” She works hard to keep her little cabin clean, her children fed and her husband happy. At times she wonders what life is all about.
Germany, 1932: a grandmother looks back over her life. She has worshiped God every Sunday. Her children would call her blessed. She scrubs the floors, irons the shirts, and plants a garden. Much of what she does today, she does every day, and she wonders what life is all about.
It is 226 AD. A young father looks anxiously at his family as the soldiers march through their little town. They are Christians. They have seen others persecuted for their beliefs, but God has spared him. He works hard to keep them fed at the only job he knows to do. He wonders what life is all about.
She sits at the computer. She has raised her children for the Lord. She serves God in her church and teaches a Bible study to teens. She is busy for the Lord, but sometimes she wonders what life is all about. I am that woman.
Do you ask the same question that has echoed down through the ages: What is life all about? I remember walking up the stairwell EVERY day in high school with a dear friend. She would turn to me and ask, “Hummski (that was the polish version of Hummel), what are we doing here?” I would ask her the same question.
Was this Esther’s question as she was taken from her home to a foreign land to live with a cousin, only to be taken again from home and entered into the king’s contest for a new queen? What is the answer to that age-old question: what is life?
Our chapter of heroes will help us a bit: “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” (Heb. 11:13) The answer is twofold:
- Remember that we are “strangers and pilgrims on the earth.” We often sing that last stanza of Amazing Grace, but do we stop to think about the meaning of those words?
When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun;
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, than we first begun.
As a born-again child of God, this life is just the practice session for eternity! Keeping that in mind helps us to live our lives in step with God! What we accomplish here WILL be rewarded there. We will never be disappointed in eternity for living for Jesus. (F O C U S 🙂 )
2. “…for such a time as this?“ (Esther 4:14) These were the encouraging and rebuking words of Moredcai to Esther as she lived in the safety of the King’s palace while a death sentence hung over all her people, the Jewish nation. Because of her actions, the nation was spared.
What is God’s mission for you? He has something for each of us to accomplish. Among the days of routine and sometimes drudgery, there is a task that God has for each of us. Perhaps it’s just a smile to a neighbor, a soft answer to the telemarketer, or a sweet spirit in our homes; however small or great the task, live in the light of doing “all for the glory of God.”
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do,
do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor. 10:31