|Those were the days ...Echoes in Eternity|
|Friday, July 26, 2013 11:57 PM|
One of my favorite movies is “The Gladiator.” In one of the scenes the Roman General Maximus is preparing his soldiers for battle. He says to them, “Brothers, what we do in life, echoes in eternity.”
It is a powerful statement and contains great truth. Jesus made it very clear that what we believe and what we do with the time, talents and treasure that we’ve been given will determine not only where, but also HOW we will spend eternity. The life that we are living is, in reality, preparation for the eternal life that will follow. The choices that we make on earth have direct consequences on our lives in eternity. We are saved by faith in Jesus and our belief in Him. Our salvation and eternal life in heaven is a gift of grace and mercy from God. Therefore, our eternal destination is the consequence of what we believe on earth.
However, our eternal compensation is the consequence of how we behave on earth. If we have accepted Jesus as Savior we are expected to be good stewards of our time, talents and treasure. We will be rewarded or will lose rewards based on our stewardship of our life here on earth.
Jesus said in Matthew 16:27 “For the Son of Man (Jesus) is going to come in His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done.”
Jesus declares in Revelation 22:12 “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.”
Jesus illustrates the importance of good stewardship in two parables. The first is “The Parable of the Minas” found in Luke 19:11-26. Ten servants were each given one mina by the man of noble birth (King) and told to “put this money to work until I come back.” When the master (king) returned the servants were each rewarded or lost rewards based on what they had earned with what the master had given them.
In “The Parable of the Talents” found in Matthew 25:14-30 the master “called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.”
When the master returned he gave the same reward and said the same thing to the servant who received five talents and earned five more as he did to the servant who received two talents and earned two more…
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
We can see from this parable that a servant’s (Christian’s) reward is based on total results in light of potential. You see the life that we are living really is preparation for where and how we will spend eternity.
As a quarterback on our high school football team, I learned the value of preparation and the importance of each player knowing what their assignment was and doing their best to carry it out on each play. Whether we won or lost would be based to a large extent on how well we prepared in practice as well as how well we executed during the game.
The great football coach, Vince Lombardi, said, “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear, is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good cause and he’s exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”
As Christians we are called and we are chosen. The question is “Will we be a faithful servant of Jesus Christ our King, and will we be a good steward of the time, the talents and the treasure that He has given us?”
Today at our Band of Brothers meeting at Delphos First Assembly of God, I will be challenging the men to “come together as one” and reminding them … “Brothers, what we do in life, echoes in eternity!”