What Can You Do Today That Will Truly Impact Eternity?

What Can You Do Today That Will Truly Impact Eternity? April 14, 2018

When we look back at the history of church movements and Christian organizations, we often find they began with great dreams and ambitions. The leadership was strong and on fire for God—and then somehow, something went wrong. The life went out of them. They became “just another organization.”

I have seen this trend too often in Christian ministry, where things go well for so long, tremendous progress is made, the Lord’s kingdom is going forward—but then, over time, things start heading downhill.

What Can You Do Today That Will Truly Impact Eternity - KP Yohannan - Gospel for Asia
Dr. KP Yohannan during a recent visit to the Mumbai slums.

Search the Scriptures

We must continually go back to the Scriptures rather than philosophies and structures created by human experts on building great organizations. From Scripture, we can see

  • How God called people and empowered them
  • How they succeeded
  • How they failed and
  • How they returned to the Lord after their failures.

We can learn valuable and vital lessons from their lives.

“Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition,” says Paul in 1 Corinthians 10:11.

One powerful example we have is the early church in the book of Acts.

  • You see a fresh beginning, leading and newness.
  • You see excitement and unity and togetherness.
  • You see a cause to live and die for.

It will help us more than we can ever realize if we can

  1. Understand the hearts of these believers more deeply
  2. Grasp the principles that worked in their everyday lives and made them what they were
  3. Adjust ourselves accordingly

Develop an Eternal Mindset

Each one of us is an individual, so it is not always easy to think of our part in the organization in terms of this bigger picture. By default, we think about the immediate—the experience we are going through right now. It takes a good deal of maturity, understanding from the Lord and deliberate thinking to put ourselves in the context of the world today, realizing that our lives are short and what we do now can truly impact eternity.

Jesus told us that the road to eternal life was narrow, and few would find it (Matthew 7:14). Unless we make it a point to think about ourselves as the Lord does, we can easily miss the significance of our call and the opportunities around us to minister to others.

So, whether you are involved in a Christian organization or ministry, look to Scripture to build a successful foundation. Choose to see the bigger goal of living for God’s Kingdom and orient your life around HIS glory.

Ask God to show you what you can do today that will truly impact eternity.

Dr. KP Yohannan, founder and director of Gospel for Asia, has written more than 200 books, including Revolution in World Missions, an international bestseller with more than 4 million copies in print. His Road to Reality radio program airs on more than 200 outlets worldwide. He and his wife, Gisela, have two grown children, Daniel and Sarah, who both serve the Lord with their families.

Gospel for Asia has been serving the “least of these” in Asia since its beginning in 1979, often in places where no one else is serving. GFA supports national workers who are serving as the hands and feet of Christ by ministering to people’s needs so they can understand the love of God for them for the first time. GFA is engaged in dozens of projects, such as caring for poor children, slum dwellers and widows and orphans; providing clean water by funding wells; supporting medical missions; and meeting the needs of those in leprosy colonies. Through GFA’s Bridge of Hope Program, tens of thousands of children are being rescued from the generational curses of poverty and hopelessness.

Listen to a message by Dr. KP Yohannan about living in the light of eternity

=====

Click here, to read more articles on Patheos by Dr. KP Yohannan Metropolitan.

Go here to know more about Dr. KP Yohannan: SourceWatch | Wiki | Flickr | KPYohannan.org

 

"Thank you for the reminder to have a tender, teachable heart toward those who speak ..."

A Journey of Brokenness
"This is quite the sobering reminder that we can lose Christ in the midst of ..."

Everything Changes When You Fall in ..."
"What a beautiful tribute!! They are heroes even if we don't know them personally and ..."

Memorial Day: Honoring Those Who Gave ..."
"I give a hearty "Amen" of agreement to this! Thank you for your healthy advice ..."

Mother’s Day: Was Your Mom “Consistently ..."

Browse Our Archives

Follow Us!


TRENDING AT PATHEOS Evangelical
What Are Your Thoughts?leave a comment
  • Landis Mains

    Finding out what we can do that will truly impact eternity is a question that many fail to answer, and some who search most of there lives to fulfill. I think the reason for this has a lot to do with how we view ourselves in out world today. When we look at ourselves in our own vision, we can get clouded by many things like work, money, and appearances. However, when we view ourselves as God does, it can become so clear. I like to think that God looks at us as one of His children, and roots and cheers for us on the sidelines like parents at a soccer or football game. I know this is a very basic way of looking at things, but sometimes faith can be very complicated, so it can be helpful to simplify it. God looks at us and realizes all the potential we have, and sees how special and unique we are. God builds us up, while society and the world brings us down. However, since God allows us to make our own choices, we continue to disappoint. If we view ourselves the way God sees us, as a person who has all the tools he/she will ever need to fulfill our purpose in life, then we can truly impact eternity.

  • Susan

    How often I need to just stop and ask the Lord this question each day! I spend a lot of my life “missing the forest for the trees.” I appreciate the reference to the early church, as I’ve been around many believers who have wondered how to recover the “freshness” of the early Church’s faith. While only a work of the Holy Spirit can transform our hearts, the reflection on what was important to them and the encouragement to stop and ask God how to keep eternity in mind.

  • Franz Cubillas

    Every building must have a good foundation, in order for it to remain stand in times of a disaster.