What do you live for? It’s a simple question with two ultimate answers: this life, or the next.
What we do in this life is either for this life, or the next. The testimony you have and the legacy you leave behind will continue to affect people’s lives in this life even after you’re dead and gone. When you live for Christ, serving Him faithfully, you are living for the next life and storing up for yourself treasures in heaven:
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
-Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)
The price is high for Christians to live for Christ; that price is continuing to inflate in this world. Are you willing to give up your life for Christ, or are you holding on to the life you have all planned out? Are you trying to make a name for yourself, or are you letting God make a name for you by serving Him with all humility?
To live a life that outlives us is the Christian’s goal. Our life, its testimony and legacy, should continue to bear witness of Christ. Christ gives us the strength and endurance to live for Him. He is the source of our strength; apart from Him, there is no strength. Seek to live a life for Christ: a life that will outlive you.
My eyelids flutter as I resist
The urge and want to sleep.
The night time calls and does not desist;
My thoughts start to merge with dreams.
I wander down a narrow path
That has no seeming end.
A ship with sails of the past
Passed me like a friend.
A rope was lowered down the side
For me to grab I supposed.
I took hold and was drawn up right
To the deck of who knows.
There was no crew or captain there,
On that great and dreamy ship.
It took me far from anywhere,
To a place where memories fled.
As the breeze filled the sails with
Hopes and wishes and dreams,
I laughed and cried and felt bereft
As they floated away from me.
The ship took me places I’d never been
Where even my imagination gaped.
My heart beat fast at what was seen,
Extremes of both love and hate.
Oh roller coaster ride of my life,
Stop at once. I beg you, have mercy.
Tired, frail, and broken am I;
So please, take me back in a hurry.
The ship does not alter its course or route
One second of a single degree.
How do I end this nightmare right now
And put an end to this, my suffering?
A bright light blinds me in my fears
As the ship is suddenly gone!
I found that, on the path, I appeared;
So thankful that it was done.
As my dreams and thoughts divide,
My eyes open to day,
I thank Christ for saving my life
When I was drifting away.
I lay in bed and hear refrains,
Of raindrops hitting the window pane.
Phantom noises playing games,
Drops of sweat, tears, and pain.
The sun lay low so far away,
Night ‘ere waits for break of day.
Shadows full of mean, cold rain,
That fell before, and continue today.
Darkness sits outside this place,
There it waits for unlucky prey.
With every evil eagerly in wait,
I hope in Jesus Christ and pray.
When the lights fade to darkness…
When all the white is black…
When hopes are found not boundless…
And all your dreams fall flat…
When the sun falls into the west…
When the day turns into the night…
When every good thing is less…
And your will is losing might…
When the waters dry up in drought…
When the flood water comes by surprise…
When pain surpasses every mount’…
And in the deepest pit you die…
When despair is found all around…
When there seems no end in sight…
Even in the darkest shrouds,
There is still faith in Jesus Christ.
A quick note for the reader here! I’m a Christian. There have been times in my life (and no doubt will be again) when I feel worthless, low, and in pain so great I don’t think I can bear it… But I make it through! How? By looking the only direction I can in a pit of misery, up. The Holy Spirit lives in me and works in my life. The light that is in me is a light that no amount of darkness can ever overcome. Darkness will never overcome light because darkness is the absence of light. There will always be light, and the darkness will always flee from it. My light will never be completely extinguished, no matter how much pain, misery, and darkness surrounds me. I am a light to others. Even if I’m not very bright (pun intended), I may still help others see where they’re going. I try to shed light on their path and help them find their way.
And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:5 (KJV)