Thursday, 28 March 2013

Eternal Significance

Within a few minutes recently, through two very different blog posts, I started to think about what is of eternal significance. And what that means in my life.


abiding, ageless, always, amaranthine, boundless, ceaseless, constant, continual,continued, continuous, dateless, deathless, enduring, everlasting, forever, illimitable,immemorial, immortal, immutable, imperishable, incessant, indefinite, indestructible,infinite, interminable, lasting, never-ending, perdurable, perennial, permanent, perpetual,persistent, relentless, termless, timeless, unbroken, unceasing, undying, unending,unfading, uninterrupted, unremitting, without end

The opposite is:brief, changeable, changing, ending, ephemeral, stopping, temporary, terminable,transient

What is my eternal significance? What is my eternal purpose? What is my eternal job? What do I do that is of EVERLASTING, ENDURING significance?

In the words of Micah 6:8 "But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women.
It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor,
be compassionate and loyal in your love,
And don’t take yourself too seriously
take God seriously.
" (The Message)

My own little job is, I think to help and encourage others to 'fix our eyes on Jesus....' Heb
rews 12:2. The Message says: "Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God."

So I love to get together with others to 'study how he did it'. To find out more about how to follow him.  And to think about the things that really matter, trying to put it all into practice.

To be fair AND just.
To be loving AND merciful.
AND not to think too much of myself, remembering my example:
"Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, becamehuman! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion." (Philippians 2:3 - 8)

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