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December 8, 1995

Making an Eternal Impact

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I know that everything God does will endure forever. ECCLESIASTES 3:14
Nearly everyone wants to live a life of significance. We want to make our time count; we want our lives to be meaningful. We would like to engage in work that has some kind of lasting effect.
So how can you make sure that what you do today somehow reverberates all the way into eternity? Solomon provides the key: By keeping your life within God- ordained seasons and activities. The progression goes something like this: God sets out the framework of life (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8). “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (v. 11). “He has . . . set eternity in the hearts of men” (v. 11), and He wants everyone to find satisfaction in their work (v. 13). To what end? “[Everything God does will endure forever.” (v. 14).
If you make sure that you are doing what you are supposed to be doing—that is, if you continually align your life according to God’s agenda and timing, then you start the chain reaction that will end with eternal significance. So when you ask yourself, Will my life count? you need to answer with another question: Am I doing what God wants me to do in this season of my life? If the answer to the latter is yes, then the answer to the former also is yes. If the answer to the latter is no, the answer to the former also is no.
How confident are you that what you’re doing now—the way your current season of life is being played out—is precisely what God wants you to be doing? The answer to that question is the key to whether what you are doing today will have eternal impact.

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