By Pastor Jason Swedeen
Benjamin Franklin wrote, “Dost thou love life. Then do not squander time, for that is what life is made of.”
Life is a wonderful gift from God and he has given it to us to be good caretakers of it in such a way that we honor the Creator of life. We can be lazy with life or we can make the most of it. But in the end, we will all answer to God for what we did with this precious gift called “life.”
Romans 14:12 says, “So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.”
There is a standard that God expects us to live our life by to bring honor to the one who gave us the gift. But many have, and still do today, think that their life is their own and they don’t need to answer to anyone or they don’t believe there is any purpose to life and therefore they waste it away. But God did not put us on the earth just to see how big, or how small, as some would argue, of a carbon footprint we could make with just our existence. In fact, though God, and myself, extremely cares about how we are taking care of the earth, he has greater concern for the eternal value of men and the influence they have on people’s lives.
The impact of heroes from the past used to be “how they influenced a nation or culture and brought freedom.” But nowadays, those labeled as the “greats” are those whose impact is “so and so saved the earth by making a smaller carbon footprint” or “so and so made a smaller footprint by consuming 1,000 less pop cans in their lifetime. Wow. That will leave some huge eternal rewards and legacy for future generations to remember us by. Not.
What about the lost and dying. Those who are going to hell and those who don’t have any hope. Our carbon footprint isn’t going to mean a thing to them. It is not going to give them meaning and purpose in life. Taking care of the world around us only comes out of a life that not only sees the eternal purpose of God for us, but is influenced by it in a personal way. God doesn’t want us to be foolish in these matters, but he also doesn’t want us to make those issues as “gods” in our life. “Saving the world,” in terms of our footprint, is idolatry to most people, because God is not the focus of it.
The world can only be saved and redeemed when God has his way. If I consume more electricity on this planet than you, it doesn’t make my life less important than yours. I’d rather have a large footprint and have the eternal legacy that will honor God than to be caught up in making a small footprint and forget what my real purpose is in life — honoring God. Do something more with your life than just making a carbon footprint.
Proverbs 13:4 says, “The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich.”
Be a good steward of what God has given you. Be diligent with the life that he gave you. Think “eternal…legacy…impact” that will influence generations.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “…that God has great plans for you…plans of a hope and a future…”
Things that we do in our lifetime, whether we see it or not in our lifetime, can and ought to have a huge impact on future generations — eternity. If we are lazy with our life, people will be influenced by it in a negative way. If we are wise and good stewards of our life, we will influence people in a positive way. Good fruit…bad fruit…no fruit. You choose.
You were not given the gift of life just to make a carbon footprint. You were created to leave an eternal footprint that will influence the very core of human life—to be a world-changer. No matter what your age in life is, will you rise up and take your place and leave an eternal legacy for future generations? Remember we will all stand before God and give an account for what we have done with our life.