WILLS POINT, TX – K.P. Yohannan, founder and director of GFA World (Gospel for Asia), has been the model for numerous charities like Gospel for Asia Canada, and Metropolitan of Believers Eastern Church, to help the poor and deprived worldwide — shares on the great power contained in having an aerial view 0f life and eternity.
Everything looks different when you are in an airplane. What seems big on the ground can look very small when you have a higher perspective. Life on earth is so short. It is essential that we don’t become distracted by focusing on the here and now instead of the much bigger picture.
See With His Eyes
The writer of Psalm 73 was a leader in God’s work. He saw those who didn’t follow God’s ways, yet they seemed to get everything (see Psalm 73:3, 12). He was envious and basically says to himself, I have nothing! I’ve been faithful, but for what? Why don’t I have all these things? What have I done with my life? (See Psalm 73:13-14).
Then he talked to God about it, and God opened his eyes. He began to see things from a different perspective. And he responds, essentially saying, “Oh, my God! I didn’t realize that they are standing on slippery ground. Everything is going to get burned up. Their position, power, everything—it has no meaning. It is all for such a short time” (see Psalm 73:16-19).
And in the end he concludes, “It is good for me to draw near to God” (Psalm 73:28).
Read through Ecclesiastes, and it will add some soberness to your thinking. Nothing is permanent here.
Eternity is on the Horizon
Keep in mind that a day is coming when every intention and thought of our hearts shall be revealed and judged. Will the words and acts of our days withstand the refining fire, as gold? Or will it prove to be chaff? (1 Corinthians 3:10-15) Don’t focus your life around fleeting, temporal things instead of the One who is eternal.
Ecclesiastes concludes by saying, “Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgement, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).
Live with the fear of God in view of that Day of Judgement. We can try to fool each other by projecting something we are not, but God sees and He knows. One day we all will stand before his throne and hear what God has to say about how we led our lives. This is a sobering reality.
Just One Aim
As believers, we have been given much, and we will have much to give an account for. And for those in leadership roles in the Church, we also will give an account for the people He asked us to lead (see Hebrews 13:17). As Thomas à Kempis wrote in The Imitation of Christ, “The more you know and understand, the heavier will be your judgement, unless, in consequence of your greater knowledge, your life is a more holy one.” Because God is the one who put us where we are, our aim should be to please Him.
As leaders and as children of God, the only honor and praise we should seek is that which comes from the Lord in the end.
K.P. Yohannan (Metropolitan Athanasius Mor Yohan), founder and director of GFA World (Gospel for Asia) and Metropolitan of Believers Eastern Church (BEC), has written more than 250 books, including Revolution in World Missions, an international bestseller with more than 4 million copies in print. He and his wife, Gisela, have two grown children, Daniel and Sarah, who both serve the Lord with their families.
Gospel for Asia (GFA World) is a leading faith-based global mission agency, helping national workers bring vital assistance and spiritual hope to millions across the world, especially in Asia and Africa, and sharing the love of God. In a typical year, this includes thousands of community development projects that benefit downtrodden families and their children, free medical camps conducted in more than 1,200 villages and remote communities, over 4,800 clean water wells drilled, over 12,000 water filters installed, income-generating Christmas gifts for more than 260,000 needy families, and teaching to provide hope and encouragement in 110 languages in 14 nations through radio ministry. GFA World has launched programs in Africa, starting with compassion projects in Rwanda. For all the latest news, visit the Press Room at https://gfanews.org/news.
Find out more about Gospel for Asia in the video “A Year in Review with K.P. Yohannan.”
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