Influence beyond DOB & DOD
Your influence cannot solely be determined by your lifespan on earth.
Jesus died around 33-40AD. That’s nearly 2000 years ago. Look at the impact of one … the following of Jesus has grown to over 2.1 billion people living today … that doesn’t include all those who have followed Jesus and no longer are living.
Jesus life ended with be crucified by those he came to save … doesn’t seem so amazing! But Jesus understood that his life mission was well beyond the scope of this life!!! Jesus had a long-term vision of influence for his life. He did not look at the cross as the end … he looked to the crown he would receive when he re-arrived back in Heaven.
Your life has influence and impact far beyond the years your exist on earth!
My grandmother was a follower of Jesus. She made the commitment to pay for my college education and her other grandkids if they attended bible college.
So I graduated from bible college with ZERO debt. If I had debt I would never have been able to take my first pastorate … and that 9 month position opened me up to my second … 4 1/2 years later I wound up on Long Island as I youth pastor where I served for 8 1/2 years. Serving for those 8+ years gave me a heart for Long Island … and that’s why Mary and I determined to plant this church … because we love the people here!
My grandmother never preached a sermon herself – but her legacy of giving has influenced all those I come in contact with.
Her influence has lasted so much longer than her lifespan! Make a difference today and for the future!!!