Whom do you live for?
I love the question in our lesson about what would you do/pray if you found you only had one week to live? I think the answer to that question, at its heart, reveals for whom we live.
If you live for yourself, with one week to live, the focus of that week will be on yourself. What will make you feel better? What is on your bucket list? Where to go, what to see, what to do. Sky diving. Rocky Mountain climbing. You would want to cram in as much “living” as you could in the time you had left.
If you live for others your focus is going to be on provision. What can you do to get your accounts in order, line up documents, accounts, people to leave a legacy and take care of those on whom you are focused.
If you live for God your focus is on His will and mission and expanding the kingdom. What message can you leave? Whom can you reach out to? How can you use your circumstance to invite others into God’s family and live as an example of pure faith and trust in your final days?
As human’s we are all on a scale of all three of these. Thinking of it as a three dimensional graph, we fall somewhere in the X,Y,Z space with few (if any) of us totally along one axis.
The reason I think this is a wonderful question is not because it helps identify where I am (if I answer honestly), but it gives me the ability to assess where I would like to be so I can continue to change my life and my priorities to move more in that direction.
As Christians, most of us would like to live less for ourselves and more for God and less for ourselves and more for others. That is definitely the example we see in Moses. When presented with the deadline (no pun intended) of his life, his concern was for the continuation of his mission work for the Lord and the care of a people that he loved.
So where are you now and where do you want to be in regard to the priorities of your life?
How will you live differently if you start “living like you are dying?”
How will you live differently if you start “living like you are going to live forever?”
If you are a Christian (and the rapture doesn’t occur in your lifetime) both of these are true statements.
He allowed him to see the promised land. He honored his request for succession planning
who would God appoint as the leader over the people
provision for my family
God picked him. God had Moses give him some of his authority (when he did, the Holy Spirit transferred to him). He did not see the Lord face-to-face. He did not stand in the tent of meeting with God, Eleazar served as the intermediary.