August 12, 2012

The Major and Minor Leagues

"And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’" Luke 19:17

Have you ever thought of life on this earth as the "minor leagues" - with Christians working hard to gain a berth high up in the major leagues of heaven? I'm not talking about earning salvation. That's already been paid for with the blood of our Savior, and we can add nothing to it. But we do have the opportunity to earn eternal rewards in this life. Scripture tells us that "we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for things done while in the body" (2 Corinthians 5:10). 

The way I live life on earth will affect my responsibilities, opportunities, and even my joy- in ways beyond my ability to imagine.

This is what makes our present life so exciting. It's a training gymnasium! Your nine-to-five job isn't merely an occupation, it's a proving ground for your faith. Every earthly problem, affliction, task, household chore - and all the relationships that go with them - everything is a minor league exercise to prepare you for the major leagues.

Stand firm, my friend. The dawn is coming. Life everlasting. Oceans of light. Joy unspeakable. Be trustworthy and remain faithful. Because there will be no sweeter music in time or eternity than the words "Well done" from the smiling face of our Savior and King.

Remind me, Lord, how quickly my life passes. Help me to see the events of my day- even the disappointments - as the very things which will make heaven all the 
sweeter as I trust in you.