Work: An Eternal Perspective
By Mark Hamby
“But Dad, I tended the sheep all of last week! Can’t one of my older brothers do it this time? Why do I always get stuck with the dirty jobs? You want me to take this cheese and bread to my brothers? That’s a long drive on a mule—can’t one of our servants do it? I’ve fed them every day for the past three weeks, and I can’t stand listening to that nasty Philistine!”
As a boy, King David gained important skills and character while carrying out menial tasks. Because he submitted to authority, used his time wisely, and practiced diligently, he became an accurate marksman, a skillful musician, an eloquent writer, and a courageous protector. His submission and preparation led him to be at the right place at the right time so that he could be used by God to deliver a nation.
Children will generally use their time wisely if parents arrange meaningful experiences and provide worthwhile resources for them. But allowing them to indulge in the latest video game or trinket suppresses their creativity and stunts their potential to excel in their God-given gifting. In Ecclesiastes the Preacher says, “Whatever thy hand finds to do, do it with all thy might."
So how do we teach our children to make the most of their time here and now? The key is to cultivate a heaven-focused mindset by filling their imagination with thoughts of God’s character, power, promises, and partnership. We need to emphasize the largeness of eternity and the exigency (urgency) of our earthly battle.
C.S. Lewis notes: “If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did the most for the present world were those who thought most of the next. The apostles themselves, who set on foot the conversion of the Roman Empire, the great men who built up the Middle Ages, the English evangelicals who abolished the slave trade, all left their mark on earth, precisely because their minds were occupied with heaven. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.”
“Every day you are becoming who you will be forever.”
Taken from Mark Hambys newsletter
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