Lesson Nine • Devotion #3: The Dash

At a funeral, I once heard a poem entitled “The Dash” by Linda Ellis. If you look at a tombstone, you see the date of birth, and the date of death, with a dash in between. The idea behind the poem is, “What are you doing with your ‘dash?’”

In the grand scheme of things, we only have a short time here on Earth. It seems so long because we do not have anything else to compare it to. However, when you think about eternity, this is but a small blip on the line of time. So how are you spending your ‘dash?’ Are you busy running kids to school sports? Are you busy working because you want that promotion? Does the TV and Facebook get a bigger chunk of your time than reading the Bible? How about your neighbor, when is the last time you checked in on him since his wife passed, his child got sick, or he lost his job?

In 2 Corinthians 5:1-8, we read about our earthly bodies and how this is all temporary compared to eternity. We pick up in verse 9, “So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”

That should cause each and every one of us to evaluate how we spend our time here on Earth. We will “receive what is due.” How scary is that?

We should not be living for ourselves and our worldly desires, but as Christ said in Matthew chapter 28 (The Great Commission), spreading the Gospel and glorifying God in all we say and do. That is not to say we should not have kids in sports, try to better ourselves at work, or use Social Media. However, in all that we do, we need to strive to find opportunities to share our testimony and show our love for Jesus. Is what you are doing and saying glorifying God?

Colossians 1:10 adds to this thought, “So as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.” How do we please God and glorify Him? Be in the Word, seek to have a deeper relationship with Him each day, look for opportunities He presents each day. For instance, when you are at your child’s sporting event, or with a co-worker, strike up a conversation. If the opportunity presents itself to talk about church or a “Jesus moment,” seize the opportunity and share the Gospel and your relationship with Him. It is that easy! God will put the people in your path, you just need to be Christ-minded and open your eyes to see the opportunity.

“How can we glorify Him? 

God is most glorified 

when we are most satisfied in Him.”

John Piper

Present-day actions have eternal consequences. What are you doing with your “dash?”

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