READING: Isaiah 23-25; 1 Corinthians 3
I have much to do today. I’m planning to work out this morning, followed by a day of training cross-cultural workers preparing to go to the field. I have a lunch appointment in the middle of the training. Later tonight, I’m going to visit with a friend and talk with him about the truth of the gospel. I’m praying for God’s wisdom as I visit with him. All of these scheduled events are out of town, so I’ll be traveling back to Wake Forest either late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
In addition, I’m wrapping up some writing assignments this week, and today will provide some time to review them (I think. . .). It’s also time to begin thinking about and praying about next week’s sermon for the church where I’m interim pastor – not to mention staying on top of my online classes I’m teaching this semester.
Much to do – and far too much opportunity to do these things in my own power and for my own glory.
Today’s reading reminds me that I must choose if I want to live a life built on the eternal—symbolized by the foundation of gold, silver, and costly stones—or if I want to live a life built on the temporary symbolized by wood, hay, and stubble. The former brings reward, but the latter brings judgment. The former will give me something to give back to the Lamb in eternity; the latter will give me nothing to give to the One who saved me.
In the midst of my busyness, I want to live with eternity in mind. May God help me – and you, too.
PRAYER: “Lord, help me to focus on what really matters today.”
TOMORROW’S READING: Isaiah 26-29; Psalm 65; 1 Corinthians 4