One of my responsibilities at work is that I’m the Chair of the company 401k committee. I’ll even admit that when I was asked to do it, I was very hesitant. I didn’t want to do it. It’s a 20 million dollar plan. Our advisers did their best to terrify the entire committee with lessons on fiduciary responsibilities . After one session of training all of us sat around the conference table in a state of shock. We were so overwhelmed that we couldn’t speak or even move. The first few weeks I lost sleep with the weight of it. Seriously, people work their entire lives to save up for retirement. The decisions of the committee affect what they’re working their careers to build. The good news is that I’m not in it alone. We have each other on the committee, financial advisers and the plan sponsor. That doesn’t remove the responsibility but it does ease the burden.
I’ve been thinking about our responsibilities as believers being alive for such a time as this. Our decisions affect multitudes for eternity. Let that sink in for just a minute. Sometimes all I can say is, “God help me.” This goes way beyond retirement savings or anything else that’s temporal. Eternity hangs in the balance. I wonder, do we have a grasp on that fact? Do I? Wouldn’t we live our lives differently if we did? I don’t think we would struggle so much with giving our lives for the cause of Christ. The wonderful news is that we’re not in it alone! We have the Creator of the Universe on our side! If you’ve named Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, He’s within you! We have the Comforter, the Helper to encourage us, He gives us wisdom, discernment and anything else we need. We have each other to usher in the harvest that’s coming with the end of this age. Our financial advisers did their best to help us understand the seriousness of our positions on the committee. I pray that God helps me to understand and help others understand the seriousness of our positions in the Body of Christ today.
1 Peter 5:8 tells us Be well balanced (temperate, sober of mind), be vigilant and cautious at all times; for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [[a]in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour. We don’t have to run in fear at what the enemy is doing on the earth today. Our God is GREATER! We can be at peace knowing that the God of Angel Armies is with us! We do have to be sober and vigilant though. In the Greek that word sober doesn’t just mean to be free from the influence of intoxicants. It means to be calm, collected in spirit, to be temperate, dispassionate, and circumspect. Vigilant means to watch, give strict attention to, be cautious, active. If I was in the jungle of Africa, I certainly wouldn’t walk around haphazardly and half asleep. I would be SO vigilant, not just for myself but for all those around me. I would most definitely be armed and on guard. Even though satan is a defeated foe, we still have to be on guard. Others don’t have that revelation. We have to be on guard for them. With a fierce hunger, the enemy is actively seeking those he can seize upon and devour. Are we actively seeking people to love and restore to Jesus? Do we have that fierce hunger to snatch people from the flames of hell? The Message Bible says it like this, Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. We can’t fall asleep on the job! We have to take this seriously. Eternity hangs in the balance for so many. If you’ve been asleep; WAKE UP! I’ll admit to times of weariness, discouragement and allowing heartache to take precedence in my life. We don’t have time for that. I pray in the mighty name of Jesus, that each of us would live with an eternal perspective, that nothing else would ever take precedence over the cause of Christ in our lives.