Then the second question is, I believe, "What did you do with what you were given?" A lot of people are going to have a hard time explaining to God why they chose their plan instead of His while they were here on earth. And God is going to say, “Do you really think I put you there on earth to live a selfish little clod of a life? No, I put you here to know and love me. That is called worship. Second, to love other people. That is called fellowship. Third, to learn to serve me. Now the only way you can serve God on earth is by serving others. And fourth, to grow up like him. You aren’t ever going to become a god but you can get God’s character in your life - his morals, his values, his ethics, his love, his compassion, the fruit of the spirit. The fifth thing, which you can’t do in heaven, is tell other people who don’t know that news yet.
Whether I have a day left or 50 years left, I’m going to make the most of what I’ve got for Jesus Christ today.
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