I really enjoy music and find that it holds the power to lift my heart. I prefer Christian music because it contains more truth and yet I also find truth in some of secular music as well. I don’t know if those songwriters intend to put truth in their lyrics, but I still enjoy the songs because they remind me of the truth I know.
I explain all of this because I spent the first couple days of this week under the weather. I don’t know what caused it and I’m feeling better now, but I don’t have anything prepared or thought out for this week’s Wanderer post. This problem lead me to take an unorthodox approach to this post.
Instead of something structured, I’m going to take some lyrics from a song I like and explain how those lyrics remind me of truth and encourage me. I’m interested in hearing what everyone thinks about this post so please leave your comments below or email me.
Song: “The Nights” by Avicii
“One day my father–he told me,
‘Son, don’t let it slip away.’
He took me in his arms, I heard him say…
‘One day you’ll leave this world behind
So live a life you will remember.’
My father told me when I was just a child
These are the nights that never die…”
The phrases ‘live a life you’ll remember’ and ‘nights that never die’ stand out to me in this section. They remind me the work I do in service for God has an eternal impact. Many of the great days on Earth will fade as our years in Heaven stretch on, but the times of service will remain clear forever because they made a difference for God’s eternal Kingdom.
I’ve heard the phrase ‘kingdom work’ before and the weight of it didn’t hit me until I wrote this blog. Many of us have done work on or decorated the place we live. Imagine for a second doing work on a house you know will never go away, get damaged or destroyed.
Would you get a rush just thinking about doing work no one could ever undo?
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth no rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:20 ESV
“When thunder clouds start pouring down
Light a fire they can’t put out”
Difficult times give us incredible opportunities to trust God and rely on Him instead of ourselves. These times can become great tools for ministry and showing people the love and faithfulness of God. The peace and joy God gives us in the middle of difficulty becomes a light shining amidst the darkness of this world.
Circumstances and people here on Earth cannot put this light out either. We know names like Jim Elliot and Dietrich Bonhoeffer even though they died before the completion of their work. According to worldly standards, they both failed in their mission.
They’re light still shines on though and gives others hope; something I would call a great success.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 ESV
“He said, ‘Go venture far beyond these shores.
Don’t forsake this life of yours.
I’ll guide you home no matter where you are.”
God invites each of us onto a grand adventure of doing work for His Kingdom. This requires us step out from our comfort zone and into the unknown though. It’s difficult to make a difference for the Kingdom while sitting on the couch or staying silent. God knows it’s scary to get out of our comfort zone and He reminds us that He’s right next to us and He wants to guide us through the adventure.
No matter where the adventure takes us, God will still take us home to Heaven in the end. We have little to lose, but we still have to take God’s invitation. Some of us will miss out on the adventure and not have many days to remember in Heaven.
Do you know about the adventure God has invited you into? Would you like to have your work live on forever? What would you give up to make that happen?
Song Copyright: “The Nights” by Avicii
Image Copyright: Ggia