What does it mean to ‘begin with the end in mind’?
- It’s the ability to envision in your mind a future that you cannot at present see with your eyes and then diligently work towards that future.
- We can apply this principle to virtually any area of our life (building a house, excelling in athletics, financial success). To begin with the end in mind is to set a target, aim and shoot! It gives directions to our steps now.
- But this is more than just a principle for worldly success. This is a foundation spiritual principle.
- In light of eternity with Jesus, how we live now, matters.
James 4:13-17; 5:19 – Big Ideas
- We make our plans, but we have no clue what tomorrow may hold. Our life comes and goes so quickly.
- With our short time on earth, we should orient our lives around the instruction, commands, and values of Jesus first and foremost. That’s having an eternal mindset.
- This comes into play in all areas of our lives – relationships, planning, finances…etc.
- While we wait for eternity, we are to be patient and stand firm in our faith.
Live Like a Farmer (James 5:7-9)
- A farmer waits patiently for his crops to grow; the process can’t be hurried. He can’t take the summer off and hope that all goes well in the fields. But all the work the farmer does during the waiting is what makes the difference!
- Likewise, we must wait patiently for the Lord. We can’t rush Him back any sooner. But while we wait, there is much work to do. And we do the work because of what we hope for – Christ’s return.
- Both the farmer and Christian have to live by faith, looking forward to the future reward.
- And when the Lord comes, all of the challenges, suffering, self-denial, humility and eternal financial investment will all be worth it.
How can I live my life now in light of my eternity with Christ?