You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit — fruit that will last — and so that whatever you ask in My name the Father will give you. John 15:16
“Life passes; work is permanent. It is all going — fleeting and withering. Youth goes. Mind decays. That which is done remains. Through ages, through eternity, what you have done for God that, and only that, you are. Deeds never die.”
F. W. Robertson in Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, compiled by Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert (New York: Wilbur B. Ketcham, 1895) 119.
“Deeds never die.” They represent, in the words of Jesus, “fruit that will last.”
Our work with God produces fruit that lasts. Generosity fueled by the Spirit of God has eternal impact. In the words of General Maximus from the movie Gladiator, “What we do in life, echoes in eternity.” We need to remind ourselves of this often.
Today, my wife, Jenni, flies from Guatemala City to Houston to Denver. Long day of travel. She’s been teaching and leading retreats, doing deeds that will never die, in Guatemala. I am rejoicing with her, because I am confident there will be fruit that lasts.
I head to Tennessee today for a big meeting with a foundation tomorrow morning. Traveling from Denver to Chicago to Chattanooga is not glamorous, but it’s just as important as the meetings I will engage in tomorrow. Why must I remind myself of this?
Most of our deeds for Christ are mundane. I will invest maybe 42 hours of my life for a 2 hour meeting. Why do it? Why make the sacrifice? It produces fruit that lasts. If you ever wonder if your work matters, remember that if it is done for Christ, then yes, it matters.
It matters for eternity.