Missionary Adoniram Judson said this (read these words carefully):
A life once spent is irrevocable. It will remain to be contemplated for eternity. The same may be said of each day. When it is once past, it is gone forever. All the marks which we put upon it, will exhibit forever. Each day will not only be a witness of our conduct, but will affect our everlasting destiny. How shall we then wish to see each day marked with usefulness? It is too late to mend the days that are past. The future is in our power. Let us then each morning resolve to spend the day into eternity in such a garb as we shall wish it to wear forever. And at night, let us reflect that one more day is irrevocably gone indelibly marked.
In the video and following transcript, I share some thoughts on this quote:
Judson is saying that everything we do each day can make a difference for eternity. It really does matter how we live. Missionary C. T. Studd said, “Only one life will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” John Wesley said, “I judge all things by the price they shall gain in eternity.”
God tells us that whatever we do, whether we eat or drink or whatever we do, do it to His glory (1 Corinthians 10:31). This includes the “mundane” things of life, like driving somewhere and picking up kids in the carpool and mowing the lawn. It’s not just evangelistic crusades, your Bible study group and going to church that matter (though those things are certainly important). This is each and every thing you do, and the work that you do. Do it all to God’s glory.
Every day matters. Every hour matters. So spend it with eternity in mind.
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Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries.