What Really Matters1
Some things we are really wrapped up in just won't matter in five years or five days. It's not that we are way off base, just mildly myopic. We dial in on things like a pit bull with a tennis ball. We have got to ease up, relax, let go, and listen to God's words in Psalm 46: "be still and know that I am God" (Ps. 46:10).
What really matters? The three P's: People, Preaching and Prayer. We seek the salvation and flourishing of all people, we preach the gospel of the grace of God in Christ, and we dependently pray, seeking God's strength, wisdom and blessing; all for the glory of God. God's Word and people last forever. We are to "devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word" (Acts 6:4). The "grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever" (Is. 40:8). Paul told the Thessalonian beleivers: "Being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us" (1 Thess. 2:8). Focus some time today, on what really matters.
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