Most of our world spends most of its time anesthetizing itself. We’re history’s chieftains of entertainment, diversion, distraction, and dissipation. For the last hundred years, we’ve been told we’re without divine significance—just random accidents of blind evolutionary processes. Yesterday and tomorrow don’t exist, we’re taught, except as mechanical moments without eternal meaning. Unable to live with such futility, we’ve found a thousand ways to chloroform ourselves through life; in the process we’ve desensitized and devalued our lives.
The Bible tells us we’re made for more than that. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).
We have an instinctive need to be used of God. It’s not that we need to do great things or be remembered as a hero of history. We just need to know we’ve fulfilled God’s calling on our lives, being used to forward His eternal agenda by at least an inch or two.
Whether we occupy a large place or a small place, we want the world to be different because we passed through it. We want eternity to be impacted by the way we used our time on earth.
Thank God for that! Life isn’t futile, after all.
O use me, Lord, use even me,
Just as Thou wilt, and when, and where,
Until Thy blessed face I see,
Thy rest, Thy joy, Thy glory share.
PS – For Rob Morgan’s sermons from the book of Philemon on the subject of usefulness, visit the sermon tab at www.donelson.org, and look for The Onesimus Complex series of messages.