Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
New England Bible Conference 2004. Your personal sense of destiny. Part 7.
Friday, August 6, 2004
1. Knowing your personal sense of destiny gives meaning to your life.
2. Understanding our personal sense of destiny will give you hope and a good future, JER 29:11.
3. Knowing your personal sense of destiny simplifies your life.
4. Knowing your personal sense of destiny focuses your life.
5. Knowing your personal sense of destiny also prepares you for eternity.
What ultimately matters most will not be what others say about your life but what God says, ROM 14:10.
What people fail to realize is that all achievements are eventually surpassed, records are broken, reputations fade, and tributes are forgotten.
Living to create an earthly legacy is a short-sighted goal.
You were not put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.
ROM 14:10, “Remember, each of us will stand personally before the judgment seat of God – each of us will have to give a personal account to God,”
“What did you do with my Son, Jesus Christ?”
“What did you do with what I gave you?”
What did you do with your life, all the gifts, talents, opportunities, energy, relationships, and resources God gave you?
You will spend far more time on the other side of death – in eternity – than you will here.
This life is preparation for the next. You have an inborn instinct that longs for immortality.
Even though we know everyone eventually dies, death always seems unnatural and unfair.
One day your heart will stop beating and your brain will stop functioning completely.
When you fully comprehend that there is more to life than just the here and now, and you realize that life is just preparation for eternity, you will begin to live differently.
Suddenly many activities, goals, and even problems that seemed so important will appear trivial, petty, and unworthy of your attention.
The closer you live to God, the smaller everything else appears.
You place a higher priority on relationships and character instead of fame or wealth or achievements or even fun.
PHI 3:8, “I once thought all these things were so very important, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done,”
Death is not your termination, but your transition into eternity, so there are eternal consequences to everything you do on earth. The most damaging aspect of contemporary living is short term thinking.
To make the most of your life, you must keep the vision of eternity continually in your mind and the value of it in your heart and set your minds on your personal sense of destiny.
1CO 2:9, “No man has ever seen, heard or even imagined what wonderful things God has ready for those who love the Lord,”
In heaven, we will be reunited with loved ones who are believers, released from all pain and suffering, rewarded for our faithfulness on earth, and reassigned to do work that we will enjoy doing.
One day TLJC will say, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world,” MAT 25:34
God offers you an opportunity beyond your lifetime. God’s plans endure forever, His personal sense of destiny for your life will last for all eternally.
You may feel it is morbid to think about death, but actually it is unhealthy to live in denial of death and not consider what is inevitable. Death is the doorway to eternity.
“This world is not our home; we are looking forward to our everlasting home in heaven.”
HEB 13:14 For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come.
Measured against eternity, our time on earth is just a blink of an eye, but the consequences of it will last forever.