“For we are laborers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward,” 1 Corinthians 3:9-14, KJV.
Two hundred and thirty-eight thousand miles—that was all my car had in it. After several years, many road trips, good memories and thousands of errands, it finally died. Thankfully, it quit in the driveway and didn’t leave me stranded, but it died, nonetheless.
Two hundred and thirty-eight thousand miles—the lifetime journey of my car. A blessing as it carried me safely where I needed to go and even gave shelter during rain bursts at the soccer field and cold nights on road trips.
So, what is my mileage going to be? How about you? How long will you and I travel on this earth? How far will we go? We do not know; we have no idea if we will live 29,200 days (80 years), or if our lives will be cut short by an accident, or finished by the rapture. We don’t know if our earthly “vehicles” are going to need repairs, will get some dents and dings on the journey, if we will need new set of wheels, or if we will break down. What we do know is every mile matters. People are depending on us—just like I depended on my car. They need us to take them to God, bring them to church, and even provide shelter when life’s storms get too harsh and cold.
We need to make every mile count. The passage today tells us it is all watched, stored up, and someday will be tested to see if it withstands. When I think about that car, I remember the times it was trustworthy and safe. We need to be dependable, trustworthy and safe to those who are looking for God in our lives. We need to make sure our life journeys make others want to join us in the direction we are going. We want every bit of our two hundred and thirty-eight thousand miles to matter for Him!
Thought-provoker: Are you making the most of your two hundred and thirty-eight thousand miles? Take a moment to evaluate your journey with the Lord and look for ways to make it matter.
Lord, thank You for the miles You have given us for this life’s journey. Help us to make them matter for You! Amen.