As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. (1 Pet. 4:2)
IT IS OBVIOUS. We all are committed to many things in life. Family, church, work, hobbies, and recreation consume the days of our lives. As a pastor, I hear other pastors mention that people are not committed anymore. I disagree. In fact, we are overcommitted. The question is, are we committed to the right things? Do we spend our time on things that will last?
We all have time. The life and breath we have are gifts from God. Do you use your time well? Are you a faithful steward of the minutes and seconds God has allotted you? We all have gifts. There is no such thing as a “gift-less” person. In 1 Peter 4:10, the Word says, “Each of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, as faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
Each of us will be required to give an account for how we spent the time we were given. We are to follow God and His will for our lives with reckless abandon. Others may chastise us for not doing what the world calls fun. Others will want us to abandon ourselves to reckless, wild living. In fact, they may make fun of us for being reckless in our pursuit of being like Christ.
We will spend our lives on something or some things. Will what you are committed to now lead to something that will last forever? Our words, strength, and lives are on loan from God. May all things bring praise to our Lord Jesus Christ.
“But live according to God in regard to the spirit” (1 Pet. 4:6).
Jim Dunn is the executive director of Church Multiplication and Discipleship for The Wesleyan Church. He resides with his family in the Indianapolis area.