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Proverbs 29:18 says that where there is “no vision” the people will perish.  Today we live in a world which is perishing.  It perishes not because it can’t be reached, but for lack of vision on the part of God’s people.  God wants to use us to reach a lost and dying world that has been separated from Him because of sin.  Like God, we were made to live for the eternal.  Unfortunately, many of God’s children have let the eternal slip out of focus and are locked into the temporal things of the world.


--- “Layman Great Commission” from Navigators


In God’s incredible plan He could have chosen any method in revealing Himself to us.  The plan He chose involves the common layman (people like you and I) to share our lives and the message of Christ with those we encounter.  It is a calling for all Christians not just those in full-time Christian ministry (See Ephesians 4:11-12).  When Jesus came it fulfilled God’s promise to send His only Son, to live a sinless life as a man, die for the sins of the world and rise from the dead to reign as the King of Kings forever.  Two thousand years have passed since Christ came and now we are here at our life.  A tiny gap in the expanse of history.


What is eternity like for us?  Here is an illustration.


Our life is comprised of three major events:


(1)       Our birth -- This is where our life first intersects the time line and where

we become part of history;


(2)       Determining our future -- The decision we each make about Jesus Christ.

This decision determines where we spend eternity once our life on earth

is over;


(3)       Our death -- The day our earthly body will die.  Our days on earth will

determine where we will spend eternity.


The average person has about 70 years of life, some more and some less.  It is not certain how long any of us will live.  In relation to eternity, 70 years is a very short time.  With this portion of life that I have, what am I going to invest my life in?


The three things that last forever are:


(1)       God (Ps. 102:25-27);


(2)       His Word (Mark 13:31); and

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