Life happens. Sometimes it happens brutally fast. Others it creeps up on you and you lose sight of the ball. Either way, the reset button needs to be pressed.
Equilibrium in all things comes from centering your efforts on the one thing that matters. That one thing is relationship with Jesus Christ. This is true balance. Extreme devotion to Reality. All else is circumference.
Even creativity. Even your business, your family, your hopes and aspirations. All of it. No goal is great without Jesus at the helm. No victory sweet without His smile.
Jesus is the very meaning of life, because without Him there would be no life. By His words the universe consists. He holds all things together and when we stand before Him to give account for our life all of our boasting will fall to the floor.
No accolades will pass the pearly gates other than those that brought honor to His name. Nothing grand and glorious in the narrow eyes of men will find a plinth in His presence.
Every knee will bow. The great and the lowly, the first and the last. All will be humbled to confess, “I am not God.” Because on that great day only one name will grace the lips of kings, become the praise of paupers, and tame the tongue of the world – the name of Jesus Christ.
How will you fare when your moment arrives?
Will “good and faithful servant” be the words you’re relieved to hear? Or will, “I never knew you” shock you to the core.
No but’s and if’s will work on that day. No “tomorrow I will.” No “Give me one more chance” or “then I will change.”
There’s a time when time stops, and the future, a long eternal future without horizon, begins. Now and forever will be forged in an instant and you’ll stand in the eye of the storm.
When eternity strikes, time becomes meaningless. Where will your boasting be? How will the values that you have lived by stack up? What selfish laudations will you fly?
You should be.
So should I.
All my pontification and pious declarations will count for zero when I tremble in His holy presence.
When the One I call friend casts His eye, He’ll do so as judge, not my buddy. No longer a religious side-dish added to my overflowing plate. He won’t be an option, or a favourable choice in the polls.
His glory will stretch the full span and nothing else will matter.
His light will bleach the glamor of all that seemed important bare. Nothing else will matter.
Zero, nada, nothing. Only Jesus.
We’ll discover that our tiny minds were incapable of comprehending the terrifying implications of Truth. Our apprehension of what’s real so shallow.
The tears that He wipes away will be ones of regret. That while we lived we did not make the main thing the main thing. That we made our own name the forefront, not His.
Fear deserves a strong place at the table, for the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Goodness and severity belong in the same room. A gospel that does not acknowledge holiness is a lop-sided lie that leads men astray. One day we will stand before God and give account.
To live life with only the end of your nose in the frame is foolishness indeed. The universe does not orbit our selfish desires, our greedy proclamations, or our tailored list of wants.
All that exists, the ten thousand times ten thousand galaxies swirling through endless space, to the quantum slice of the tiniest atom, everything that ever was and ever will be, all are for His pleasure and praise. Rocks cry out and the heavens declare one name, and it is not yours. It is not the name of the famous or the fabled. Not the legendary or the talented. Not the rich, the clever, the wise-in-their-own-eyes, or the glamorous go-getter.
Only one name.
Jesus is Lord. Yesterday, today, forever.
Lord, let me live like it’s so.