This coming week may be the busiest I’ve been in many months. Every night is something: a meeting, a party, a dinner I’m hosting. The days are full as well and I have some important deadlines looming. My first instinct was to make a detailed list and my second reaction was to wallow in some self-pity. Then I went to the Lord and asked for His help. (Not necessarily the order I would recommend!)
But our God is so faithful and kind to us. He led me to this verse:
I Corinthians 2:12: What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.
And what has God given us? We just celebrated Thanksgiving and I hope I was sufficiently thankful for the many blessings I’ve received, but this verse implies an even greater breadth of knowledge.
Whenever I read the book of Revelation, I’m struck by the pictures of heavenly worship. Revelation 4:8b describes the 24 elders and the four living creatures around the throne: “Day and night they never stop saying: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” This is a continual praising that never ends. Other scenes have them and the angels crying, “Worthy is the Lamb” and “Salvation belongs to our God.” Revelation 21:3-5 details the new heavens and earth:
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
Nancy Guthrie told us to notice that Jesus is making all things new, NOT making all new things! That means many of the elements we now know will still exist, but in a new and glorified way. I can’t wait to hear the new music and see what He does with our glorious Rocky Mountains! You and I will be renewed and transformed. We won’t be tempted to self-pity or anger, we won’t get exhausted and overwhelmed, we will be new!
And in the scheme of eternity, this busy week and season will be a faint memory. Psalm 90:12 says Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. I might have 35-40 years left on this earth, maybe less. And how many of those years can I reasonably hope to be productive? Watching my elderly parents is a good reminder to me: your body and sometimes your mind limits you as you age. And when my physical strength is gone, may I be a faithful prayer warrior for God’s Kingdom. I can still love and encourage others even if I can’t run a program or host a party. It’s His work, not ours.
Back to my original question, what has God given us?
Hope. A glorious future with Him. Purpose. His Spirit. His transforming love. And opportunities to participate in what He’s doing!
And what do my busy activities this week matter? They matter if I’m doing it to serve Jesus, to love others, to advance His kingdom. May I do that with a transformed, thankful mind and the right perspective.
Lord, please keep my mind on You and help me work in YOUR Spirit and YOUR strength for YOUR glory. Amen.