Life can seem so busy and hectic at times. With all the demands of work, family, church, and other responsibilities, it’s easy to lose perspective on what’s truly important. As Christians, God’s Word is the ultimate guide for how to live our lives. When we examine the pages of Scripture, a clear picture emerges of what really matters from God’s perspective.
- Loving God and loving others are the greatest commandments.
- Developing Christ-like character matters more than material success.
- Investing in eternal rewards rather than temporary things.
- Fulfilling the Great Commission through evangelism and discipleship.
- Living with hope and trust in God’s sovereignty.
Loving God and Loving Others
Jesus clearly identified the two greatest commandments as: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV)
Our relationship with God is first and foremost. We show our love for God by having hearts devoted fully to Him, obeying His Word, seeking Him diligently in prayer, striving for holiness, etc. Jesus said if we love Him, we’ll keep His commandments (John 14:15).
The second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor. This includes family, friends, co-workers, strangers and even enemies. Scripture exhorts us to be kind, compassionate, forgiving, merciful and selfless in our relationships. Our schedule and priorities should reflect these two paramount priorities on a daily basis.
Developing Christ-like Character
The Bible makes clear that our inner person matters more than our outward appearance or success in life. For example, 1 Timothy 4:8 says, “For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.” (NKJV)
Also, Proverbs 22:1 declares, “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.”
Character traits such as humility, integrity, wisdom, diligence, patience, kindness, self-control, courage and compassion should be the goals we strive for. Galatians 5:22-23 describes the fruit of the Spirit working in believers – “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (NKJV) As we yield to the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives, Christ-like character will blossom. This brings glory to God and benefits others.
Investing in Eternal Rewards
Jesus told His followers to, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21 NKJV)
Paul speaks of building with gold, silver and precious stones as opposed to wood, hay and straw when it comes to our life’s work (1 Corinthians 3:10-15). The things of this world quickly fade away, but the eternal treasures we store up will last forever. Some examples of eternal investments include sharing the Gospel, making disciples, giving to those in need, serving in church, etc. We can’t take earthly possessions with us to Heaven, but we can send spiritual treasures on ahead.
Fulfilling the Great Commission
Before ascending to Heaven, Jesus commanded His followers, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV) Sharing the Good News of salvation through Christ and making disciples is the ultimate priority for believers. This was the clear mission Jesus gave His Church.
Every interaction with others is an opportunity to minister in Jesus’ Name. We may plant Gospel seeds, answer questions, encourage the hurting, disciple new believers, etc. We should maintain an outward focus on reaching the lost, while also drawing them into the church family. Fulfilling the Great Commission brings great joy and reward. It should be the essential mission driving our lives.
Living with Hope and Trust in God’s Sovereignty
Because of sin, this world is filled with pain, sorrow and uncertainty. But Scripture promises that God is sovereign over all things and works everything together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). As believers, we can cling to the mighty hand of God through any storm or trial, trusting He is in full control and will see us through.
Jeremiah 29:11 assures us, “‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,’ says the Lord, ‘thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.’” (NKJV) We can live with hopeful expectation that God’s plans will prevail and He will work every hardship and difficulty for our betterment. The book of Revelation promises that one day every tear will be wiped away, and all pain will cease for those who place their faith in Christ. This eternal perspective helps us live joyfully and purposefully, no matter what we face in this temporary world.
In summary, God cares most of all about the condition of our heart and character. He wants us to love Him fully while generously loving and serving others. As we grow in Christ-likeness and invest in that which is eternal, we can fulfill our purpose in the Great Commission. Despite life’s trials, we can trust God’s sovereignty and live with hope for the glorious future He has promised. When we keep these biblical priorities in view, it helps us stay focused on what really matters from God’s perspective. May we all build our lives around these truths!