Outreach Pastor Marcus Marshall, River of Life Christian Center, Riverview, Florida
I think the importance of life and its significance has been lost in our generation young and old. But I believe the lord is restoring our awe to this glorious gift we call life. In John 10:10 it says, “He came that we may have life, and have it more abundantly” bringing life was apart of Jesus’s assignment. Some how in the mix of our lifetime life is something that’s just everyday life until we lose a loved one. None of us like to think about it but the truth is that we never know our last day, So its not like you can plan on the last day to actually be appreciative of your life lived. I’m afraid everyday we forget tomorrow is not promised. Its crazy to see how we as people act when we actually know someone is about to die do it be to health, tragic situations, and or doctor reports. All the sudden you begin to see sides of people that you never knew existed. You will see family members coming together no matter what disagreements have been made, you begin to see real authentic love displayed, you even begin to see forgiveness received, you often begin to see the fear of man broken off a life and you see a person just really just step out of their shell and speak up. Im glad all of this stuff is at least displayed in a lifetime, But if your any type of thinker it leaves you to think why do we wait to make all of that stuff matter?
I’m taken back to my grandfather and he was a very influential man he impacted many lives. He had all the material things he had the money, cars, land, houses, investments. When he was on his deathbed do you know he never once talked about any of that stuff? As he breathed his last breaths all he talked about was his love for his family, grandchildren, how much he enjoyed our cookouts, how much he appreciated us in his life, and how proud he was of all his children and grandchildren. Ever since then I have pondered on the thought why do we have to wait until the end of life to make it matter, what if we made all of that stuff matter now. I wonder how different would our idea of love, trust, honor, family, boldness, and most of all life be if we started living like any day could be our last.
I encourage you this week; actually make not only your life but also the lives around you matter. What would it look like if we took Jesus off the cross and stopped picturing him as someone that’s still in process to make our life matter? No it is done and he isn’t just on the cross but he actually is in the eyes of that person you wont forgive, that person that irks you, Guess what he even loves to hide his face in your spouse, do you see him?