Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. (ESV)
What do you think you will be remembered for when your life is finally over? If you look up the name, Joe Namath, in YouTube, the first listing you will see is of his embarrassing drunken incident on the sidelines of an NFL game. This horrible incident is listed before his Super Bowl victory or videos of other great accomplishments of this NFL Hall of Famer.
We tend to focus on things in life that, in the grand scheme of things, just aren't that important. Do you want to know what is most important for you to leave as a remembrance? Only what you have done for Jesus Christ. All that you do in this world will perish. What you do for the King of Kings has lasting value.
The following is from a poem by C. T. Studd:
"Give me Father, a purpose deep, In joy or sorrow Thy word to keep;
Faithful and true what e’er the strife, Pleasing Thee in my daily life;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last."
We are not to be slothful in our walk with the Lord. We are to be good stewards of the time that he has given us. Slothfulness is not a Christian trait. We need to be fervent in spirit. There needs to be a determination in our service to the Lord that is driven by our love and gratitude for all that he has done and given to us.
How much of what you do is of no eternal importance? Ask the Holy Spirit to help you redeem the remaining years of your life in faithful service that will endure.