That’s what it’s all about…We’ve all heard that statement before. Usually, after some great moment. We make a great memory and someone says, “That’s what it’s all about.”
We see the smile on the face of a child and say, “That’s what it’s all about.” On vacation we sit in a rocking chair and take a sip of lemonade followed by the statement, “That’s what it’s all about.”
Is that really what life is all about?
Is it all about fruit squeezed into a glass? Is it all about making a memory, even a great memory? Is it all about family, or making someone smile or a promotion, achievement, success, or any other moment? Think about anytime you have said or heard someone else say that statement. What are they really saying? Usually, that life is all about the moments. Is life really all about the moment? What if life is actually about more than the temporary moments of this life?
Life is about more.
Often times we hear people say things about being in the moment like Carpe Diem, seize the day, life is about the here and now. Just this morning I read Nike’s newest slogan – Playing For the Now.
The Bible actually teaches us the exact opposite of living for the now. The Bible actually teaches us that how we as believers in Jesus Christ live during this life impacts how we will live for all of eternity. This life is about more than this life. Paul says, to live is Christ, to die is gain. He declared that he had been crucified with Christ therefore, he no longer lived, but it was Christ living through him. In Philippians 3 after sharing his life accomplishments, Paul says he counts it all skubalon (look it up). It was a waste compared to being found in Christ and knowing Him. He was willing to suffer in this life, calling whatever he went through that was difficult light and momentary (Read some of the things he went through in 2 Corinthians 11:22-28)
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” 2 Corinthians 4:17
Paul realized that the life he was living here and now was about more than merely the here and now.
What about us?
This past Sunday, I shared an analogy with my church. When many of us are at church, we want to give it all for God. Whether we are singing a song or listening to a sermon, in that moment we are ready to not only die for Jesus, but live for Him. We leave ready to complete our mission (Matthew 28:19-20). We have friends we want to tell, prayers we want to pray, deeds we want to do. But, something happens between that moment of inspiration on Sunday and the time we come back to church the following Sunday.
Many of us are on fire to live for God when we are at church. What happens when we leave?
It is a lot like my kid’s at bedtime. At our house when it is time for bed, we will be downstairs in our living room and I will say, “Ok. kids it is time for bed. Let’s see who can be first. Go do your night-time routine. Wash your face, brush your teeth, go potty and get in bed.” Once I say that, they all run upstairs on a mission. They are excited and I am convinced that at that moment they have 110% intention of completing their mission of a night-time routine. However, something happens between me telling them their mission and them completing their mission. By the time they get upstairs they translate what I said to mean take off half your clothes, jump on your bed, get out every stuffed animal we own, drag it across the floor and finish your rainbow loom. What happened?
I don’t think it is merely that they were distracted. I believe 110% that in that moment in our living room they intended on completing the mission. But they had another moment. Then another moment, then another moment. It is the same thing that happens to us when we leave church. We have a moment, then another moment and another moment. The problem is we are merely living in the moment.
What if being in the moment is the very thing that is causing our ruin?
Monday started with the announcement of another moral failure of a pastor of a very large church. How can that happen? Doesn’t he realize all he stands to lose? How many lives will be impacted? I don’t personally know the man who was in the headlines, but we all know someone who has paid a price disproportionate to what they were getting in the moment.
Why would someone forfeit family, job, reputation, legacy and more for a moment of pleasure? Ask Esau, David, Moses, Saul… it is the lure of the “moment.”
Life is about more than the moment. Life is about more than this life. How we live here as believers in Jesus Christ actually impacts how we spend eternity. Eternity will be great for every believer, but it will not be the same for every believer. Some will have lived a life here that will change what life is like there.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
Are you living your life in light of eternity or is your life all about the moments here on earth? Life is about more than this life. What will you do today to make an eternal investment?