What are you building with your life?
What are you building with your life?
I've gotten a variety of different answers to this question. It usually comes with a hesitancy, a defensiveness born of a desire to not be criticized… usually because the person isn't entirely satisfied with their own answer to the question.
Maybe their answer is that they're trying to build a really good life for their children. Maybe it's a desire to build enough money to retire early, to live comfortably, and to do all of the things they want to do. Maybe they're saving up for a trip that they've always wanted to go on. Maybe they're just trying to get a really good education and have a solid career. Maybe they don't have a clue what they're building… they're just trying to get through the day, and the next day after that, and so on.
The problem is that none of these answers to the question are completely satisfying or ultimately fulfilling. Sure, they're good and enjoyable things. They may be really good goals. But are they fulfilling for an entire life's worth of toil and struggle? At the end of your life, are these things worth what you spent on them?
You see, as a Christian, I believe that God created me for not just a regular purpose, but for a grand, eternal purpose. I was created, in fact everyone was created, to live in relationship with God and to do His will. The incredibly awesome thing is that His will is to destroy the works of evil wherever it may be found. His will is to spread peace, joy, love, and blessing everywhere we go. His will is to encourage, build up, and strengthen His most treasured creation, people; calling them into perfect alignment with who they have been created to be.
So when I'm asked what I'm building with my life, this is it. Some days I'm more successful at it than others, but in general I'm trying to pour into the people I meet and serve. I'm trying to encourage them and build them up. If they're sick, I pray for their healing. If they need financial help, I try and be generous to them. If they're struggling with relationships, or anxieties, or difficult circumstances, I try to give as much wisdom as I've been given, because God is the source of all of that wisdom.
But here's the crazy thing… I'm not unique in this sense. Every Christian is supposed to be building all of these same things with their lives. I don't do all of these things because I'm a pastor. I don't do these things because it's my job. I do them because this is who I was made to be. If you're a Christian, then you were made to be like this as well.
Can you imagine a world full of people who all understand how to love well, how to live life well, full of hope and joy and peace… and who choose to spread that to every person that they come across? Doesn't that sound idyllic? Can you imagine the fulfillment that a life built on serving others would bring? Can you imagine looking back at your life and knowing that you made a difference in countless number of people's lives? That's what we were designed for. It's who are and what we're supposed to spend our lives on.
The problem is that we all, Christian and non-Christian alike, get trapped up in our own selfish desires and bogged down in fears and dysfunction. It takes conscious effort and the power of God to redeem us into who we are designed to be. It's easy to live self-centered. It takes guts and determination to live to serve.
So, my question to you after all of that is whether what you're building with your life is really worth it? Is what you're building something that you can be proud of throughout all of eternity? If not, it's time for some sober reflection and some decisions need to be made. Talk it over with someone who can point you in the right direction, someone who is currently demonstrating a life that is worth living that will echo throughout eternity. No life is so far gone that God cannot redeem it. No life is insignificant to God. His heart is towards you with love and purpose. Are you ready for it?
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”