I was talking to a friend of mine the other day, and he told me how a group of teens he knew never heard of Ringo* Starr. In fact, they had only vaguely heard of the Beatles. This is amazing for boomers. Boomers grew up with the Beatles being the center of the music universe, and already awareness is fading.
If the Beatles are fading, what chance does anyone else have of leaving a mark..?
1 Corinthians 15 is an interesting chapter of the bible. Paul gives us an extended discussion of life after death. He starts with Jesus, and eventually talks about what our bodies will be like in the next life.
So how would you guess Paul would conclude the subject? I would guess he would conclude it with something like “so rejoice, with Jesus you no longer need to fear death” or something like that.
But he doesn’t.
Here’s how he concludes the subject:
My dear brothers and sisters, stay firmly planted—be unshakable—do many good works in the name of God, and know that all your labor is not for nothing when it is for God.
1 Corinthians 15:58 VOICE
And that’s the key to staying encouraged as you serve Jesus. Even when all your efforts seem like failures or at least insignificant. The good we do for Jesus doesn’t fade away. God has designed us for eternity, and what we do for him is also eternal.
And you don’t need to do anything huge. You don’t need to be the Beatles.
To do eternal work, just let your motive be God’s glory. Let your priorities be what’s important to Jesus. Let your timing yield to his schedule. Do stuff for him and you’re on your way.
And this can be done with small things. Stuff any of us can do. You don’t have to be on the Ed Sullivan show. Here’s an example Jesus gives us:
And anyone who has given so much as a cup of cold water to one of the little ones, because he is My disciple, I tell you, that person will be well rewarded.
Matthew 10:42 VOICE
So do stuff for him.
And stay encouraged.
* I think it’s fitting to mention that when I typed “Ringo” on my IPad, the auto-correct immediately changed it to “rings”.