“We will never regret spending our lives on Jesus.”
I’m not sure where I heard that, and it certainly sounds like a very PJason thing, but I’m sure there are many variations floating around.
I’ll say it again, we will NEVER regret spending our lives on Jesus.
In fact, in every season, my regret is actually always “I wish I had spent MORE of my life on Jesus.”
High school: I wish I had used my young, spry brain to memorize more Scripture. I wish I had used all the time I had with non-Christians to share with them about Christ. I wish I had never started down certain sin paths.
College: I wish I had used my time better. I wish I had spent copious amounts of time in the Word, in prayer, in cultivating a practice of listening God’s voice. I wish I hadn’t given myself up so easily to the idol of relationships. I wish I hadn’t made so many poor choices in said relationship. I wish I had given myself EVEN MORE to the Lord and to His church. I wish I had poured myself into living for Christ.
Zii: I wish I hadn’t been so focused on not wanting to be there. I wish I hadn’t been so worried about people liking me to the point where I was pretty paralyzed and lacking in love and boldness to share about Jesus. I wish I hadn’t cared so much about being cool or relevant. I wish I had worked harder to be a shining example of Christ. I wish I hadn’t been so easily annoyed at small things, seeing people as inconveniences. I wish I had been more intentional about my relationships.
The list could go on and on and on.
But I write all these things not to condemn and to feel bad (in fact, miraculously I feel GRACE… soooo much GRACE! PTL!!) I write these thing to remind myself that I will never regret going hard after Jesus. I will never regret shunning the things of this world for Him. I will never regret being sold-out. I will never regret looking like a fanatic. I will never regret giving up other things (things that are sin and also things that are not) for more of Him.
As I/we hurdle toward the end times or to the time when God calls me home, that no regret, “YOLO for Jesus” feeling increases (by the grace of God!). We get one life to live. And yes, we could just spend it all on our own pursuits, our own pleasures, and God is gracious and indeed He will still let us into Heaven if we truly do know Him. However certainly at the very end, when I stand before the Lord, and the works of my life pass through His holy fire, there will be no lack of certainty that spending my life on Jesus and giving up the things of this world for Him was soooo unimaginably worth it.
Let’s keep the end in mind. Let’s live in light of eternity. Let’s build toward things that will last. Is it wisdom at all if we live for the things of this world, knowing that none will last? If we are truly wise, we will spend ourselves on the Lord, on pursuing the things that will not burn up, the things that will endure on into eternity (His people/church/Kingdom, His glory).
“Let each one take care how he builds upon it [the foundation of Christ]…. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay straw– each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.”
1 Corinthians 3:10b & 12-15