I went to a church with my friends when I was out of town and the pastor said something that stuck with me.
“We are living our eternal life now. It doesn’t start when we die. It is here and now.”
This hit me because I have heard it said many ways. “You never know what is going to happen.” “You only live once.” “Make the most of everyday.” “Live the life you want now.” It doesn’t matter what the saying is, they all mean the same thing. We are here on this earth for an unknown amount of time, and we need to be living like it.
In Sunday school before church, we had talked about getting others into the church. One guy has been working with a basketball program in the church for about a year and a half. He was asking why the kids weren’t coming to church on Sundays and how he can get them there. We was very passionate about this and kept bringing it up. I was a little confused, but in my head, I kept thinking that we can’t expect results right away.
At the end of class, the man told us that he got a call last night saying one of his best friends had passed away in a plane crash. He also told us that he doesn’t know if his friend is in heaven or hell. We all realized and understood his urgency about the basketball program. We live in a world where we expect results right away in everything we do. That is why the internet has a refresh button, that is why we call it fast food, and that is why we honk during traffic jams.
It is hard to be a light to the world and not see results until days, weeks, months, or even years later, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be the light now. We need to focus on God’s work and plans and see who is in our life now in order to witness to them. I know it is difficult to witness to strangers, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have a coworker or friend who you don’t believe is a Christian, become their friend. We all have to do some heavy lifting before we can see progress. We have to do something consistently in order to become better at it. Start with one friend and be His light to them. It only takes a conversation in order to become friends. Start that conversation now rather than later or you may regret it.