As I grow older and as each day draws closer to the day when I will finally stand before Jesus, I find myself dreaming more and and imagining more just how awesome it will be to see Him face to face. Many times, I am overwhelmed at the prospect of seeing Him. What will it be like? How will I react? I know it will be joy incomprehensible, but what will that abounding joy be like? I can’t wait! God has placed eternity on my heart and it is something I think about, pray about and dream about nearly every day.
But I know that God has a purpose for me here on earth. I am physically alive today. My heart is beating. My lungs are breathing. And I truly believe that God has me alive today for a reason. He has given me responsibilities and holds me accountable for how I will spend the days He has given me. I will answer to Him one day, and give an account of how I lived this life and how I have built on the foundation that was given to me by Him.
“For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation could anyone lay other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. ” (1 Corinthians 3:9-11 NKJV)
Am I building on Him? That is the most important question and I must answer it with discernment and total honesty. He expects me to build on the foundation, the Rock, which is Him. Am I building my life on the only true Rock, which is Christ, or am I building on an imperfect and faulty foundation, which are the things that make me comfortable, such as security, success, material possessions, relationships.
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 talk of the materials that will have to face a test of fire in the final judgment. Fire will burn some of the materials but other materials, such as gold, silver and precious stones will not be burned by fire. The fire actually purifies the three that are not burned, but the other materials will just vaporize. They will disappear and cease to exist.
In this life, on this day, I am at liberty to build on the foundation with materials that I choose. This gets my attention for the result will be forever! Eternity is never ending and the choices I make today have eternal significance. The life I live now, has an eternal impact on when I really start living. Therefore, I must be absolutely certain I not waste this time given to me.
Lord, I pray that you teach me to number my days that I may gain a heart of wisdom. There is nothing in this world that could possibly satisfy me, fulfill me, or bring more joy to my heart, than a life lived with you in the drivers seat. I want ALL of my days to be lived out delighting in you for you are the joy of my heart and you are my reason and purpose for living at all.
There is not time to waste! Life is so short and my days are few. I need you to magnify yourself in me, Lord, especially in those times of anxiety, sadness and emptiness. Search my heart, Lord and reveal to me the sin in my life. Point it out to me so that I may repent and be in fellowship with you always. Know my ways and lead me in YOUR way everlasting.
Years ago, Lord, you put Psalm 37:3-5 on my heart and you have given it to me as my life verse:
Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the LORD
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this.
Lord, you know I love you and you know my heart, but take me to a new level of trust in you. Make the desires of my heart to be the desires of your heart. Help me to love the things you love and hate the things you hate. I present this vessel to you as a living sacrifice and I ask you to set me apart and use me however you see fit. Take this existence, Lord. Commit your will to my heart. You already make my dreams pleasant and joyful, but make my dreams into your dreams. Transform my heart into the likeness of your most Holy and beautiful Child. I am yours.
I cannot wait to see you face to face. But until then, I will live this life every day with passion, excitement, joy and wonder over who you are! You are God! And I am so overjoyed and overwhelmed over how awesome and great your love is. Thank you for giving me life, especially life with you! There is nothing better!
I love you so much!!