Devotional

“Not A Waste Of Time”

Only one life quote
 
“Not A Waste Of Time”


Message summary: An old quote attributed to missionary CT Studd we first heard in Bible College is, “Only one life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last”. We believed that over 40 years ago and believe it even more now as we have experienced the inevitable passing of life. Let us live with a Kingdom of God outlook!

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“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10). “And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me’” (Matthew 25:40).
 
This weekend we had longtime friends visit us from North Carolina. We first met the very young Matangelo family 42 years ago when we planted a church in northern Pennsylvania right after we graduated from Bible College. They became a part of that church and raised their family there. We departed from that church in the early 90’s and they moved to North Carolina in 2000. But like we have with many others we have stayed in touch through the years.
 
Mike trained and served for many years as an electrical engineer and specialized in quality control in the corporate world. But Mike and Kathy’s passion has always been for people, leaving a long trail of impact for Christ in many places and in many ways. They presently serve together in prison ministry.
 
Mike shares a story of a conversation with a supervisor many years ago when he was beginning prison ministry. His boss just couldn’t understand why Mike did not want to prioritize his time in advancing in the corporate world and told him, “I just don’t understand why you would waste your time on that.” (that being prison ministry)
 
Now most won’t be as blunt as this supervisor but this is an attitude many have toward ministry and people work, especially ministry to those whom Jesus called “the least of these”.
 
One of the major decisions of life is determining what comprises a waste of time or more broadly a waste of life. We may describe someone addicted to drugs as “wasting their life” but what about a successful person as we often understand success? Are they wasting their life?
 
That depends on where your primary kingdom orientation is; the kingdom of this world or the Kingdom of God.
 
Mike’s supervisor years ago likely understood a valuable use of time as being a focus on business success, often described as climbing the corporate ladder.
 
An orientation to this world can express success in many ways which are not necessarily bad and which can be God honoring such as working diligently with integrity. We are all blessed in various ways by this kind of outlook in life.
 
However for the genuine follower of Jesus our primary kingdom focus should be the Kingdom of God which Jesus clearly taught includes caring for the least of these and He demonstrated this by seeking and saving the lost. We have a call to follow His example.
 
An old quote attributed to missionary CT Studd we first heard in Bible College is, “Only one life will soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last”. We believed that over 40 years ago and now we believe it even more now as we have experienced the inevitable passing of life. Let us live with a Kingdom of God outlook!
Only One Life
 
Two little lines I heard one day, traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart, and from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet, and stand before His Judgement seat;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, the still small voice, gently pleads for a better choice
Bidding me selfish aims to leave, and to God’s holy will to cleave;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, a few brief years, each with its burdens, hopes, and fears;
Each with its clays I must fulfill, living for self or in His will;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

When this bright world would tempt me sore, when Satan would a victory score;
When self would seek to have its way, then help me Lord with joy to say;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

Give me Father, a purpose deep, in joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife, pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

Oh let my love with fervor burn, and from the world now let me turn;
Living for Thee, and Thee alone, bringing Thee pleasure on Thy throne;
Only one life, “twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one, now let me say, “Thy will be done”;
And when at last I’ll hear the call, I know I’ll say “twas worth it all”;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.

Author Unknown

 
 
Be encouraged and today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man
Daily prayer: Father help us to live with a Kingdom of God focus and a realization that truly this life we now live will soon be past, and only what’s done for Christ will ultimately last. Help us to never see the work we do for You or the people we are called to serve as a waste of time.

 

 
Casey Jones Restaurant 11/3/19
Matangelo family in dining car 11/3/19
Mike, Kathy and Tina Matangelo
After our church service yesterday we headed over to the Casey Jones’ Restaurant at the Red Caboose for a late breakfast in the dining car.

Strasburg Railroad 11/3/19
From our seat in the dining car we had a nice view of the Strasburg Railroad along with a lot of old-order horse and buggy traffic on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.
 
Chaplain John Uhler 11/4/19
Later in the afternoon we visited the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania especially to visit with Chaplain John Uhler, who has a ministry in living history. He was at the museum as part of a “trains and troops” weekend.
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Locomotive at Pennsylvania Train Museum, Lancaster County, PA 11/4/19 (Click to enlarge)

An old locomotive at the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania.
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Matangelo family on Redwood stump
This last summer Mike and Kathy recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and met with all of their children and grandchildren in California, all managing to fit on this huge Sequoia tree stump!
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Today’s Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
 
“Only One Life”  Video  Lanny Wolfe
 
Finally today:
Brooksyne with baby goat on Old Windmill Farm 11/4/19

Yesterday afternoon also stopped by to visit with the Lapp family on the Old Windmill Farm and of course saw the baby animals with Brooksyne holding a baby goat.