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TITLE: Becoming an Effective Tentmaker
By Allan Morelos

Target Audience: College students/young professionals

Theme: How can we make use of our profession in serving the Lord
Chapter 2

Becoming An Effective Tentmaker
(A Question of Life Goals and Values)

“Do you know what you’re going to do with your life?”

I was once confronted with this question. It made me ask further.

“What’s my whole life for?”

“What’s the reason of my existence?”

This world offers countless options. In this globalized and modernized world, attractive alternatives abound. Even in Third World countries, people run after the so-called lifetime pursuits – one wife, two kids, three-room house and four wheels. Other affluent countries express this in another way – career, cash, condominium, cars and country club memberships. Many others run hard after IMF –Influence, Money and Fame.

Is that all there is to life? Is that all? To be born, get fed, get educated, get a career, get married, beget children, get old and finally be gotten rid of?

Is there something far greater and far more beautiful than this? What is your whole life for?

A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions (Luke 12:15). It’s not just having lots of money and friends. It’s not just having fun and food and drinks. It’s not just having a stable job and a happy family. It’s not just a stage where you’ll play your role and wait for the world’s resounding applause. Life, as the Lord Jesus so defines it, is to truly and deeply know the One and Only true God and to personally understand and intimately experience the beauty and the wonder of the person of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:3 and Philippians 3:7-11). That is God’s definition of life. But you re-define it. You rephrase it. And it makes your existence shallow.

What is it, then, that you could meaningfully give your life to? What is it, then, that you could joyfully and willingly sacrifice your life for – knowing that its worth and meaning and impact will endure for a lifetime, no, for all eternity?

All life’s activities – religious or otherwise – can all be an empty chase after the wind when done and fulfilled without these perspectives:

Perspective # 1: Only the life lived in passionate love and wholehearted service for God counts for all eternity (Matthew 22:37- 40 and 2 Corinthians 5:6-15).

It’s indeed the only life that possesses real meaning and eternal significance. As it’s been said, the life of trusting and pleasing God is the most joyful life on earth. It’s the most rewarded life in heaven. Life lived apart from God is lifelessness and death.

Life not intertwined in the love divine is not life at all. His unfailing love for you and your passionate love for Him is all and be all. It should grip your heart. It should stand supreme in your deepest core. It is life – joyous, abundant, overflowing!

God’s committed love for you and your great love and affection for God can motivate and drive you to “expect great things from God and attempt great things for God.” His heart and yours as one in love is your compelling motivation, your driving force and your invigorating energy in the inner core of your being. Apart from this, you literally gain nothing.

Perspective # 2 The Word of God personalized and lived out in one’s life and taught and passed on to others to be internalized and lived out in whatever context they may be in reaps a bountiful harvest of usefulness, effectiveness and blissfulness. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 and Colossians 3:16-17)

Life without God’s instructions and involvement is mere existence. It is short-lived impulse living. Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).

God’s instructions – all found in the Bible – remain the same – yesterday, today and forever. As His Word permeates and influences your every thought and affection; your every decision and action, you’ll find the greatest of joys you may not be able to explain yet experience. When you allow the Word of God to change you and reproduce in you His love and joy and peace, His patience and kindness and goodness, His gentleness and faithfulness and self control, the spiritual repercussion goes beyond imagination. His Word gripping your heart shared and inculcated in the hearts of others has great and lasting effects. It multiplies up to thirty, sixty and a hundred fold. The effect is beyond comprehension, indeed.

Perspective # 3 Highly valuing people, loving them and helping them in whatever ways you can to draw them closer to God in every aspect of their life’s circumstances ensures eternal rewards. (Matthew 9:35-38 and 1Corinthians 15:57-58)

People will last forever – either in heaven or in hell. People are of great value to God and are important to Him. They’re greatly loved by God and are precious to Him.

People – the lovable and the disgusting, the needy and the self-sufficient, the rich and the poor – are worth giving and investing your life for. Bringing as many nationalities as possible to a relationship with God through the saving and life-changing power of the gospel is the heartbeat of God. Helping them live lifestyles of love and service for God and men through the outworking of the Holy Spirit has been in the very thought of God since the foundation of the world. People in deep and intimate relationship with God and with one another are what heaven is made of.

God, the Word of God and people are eternal. Giving your life to Him and living your life in line with His plans and purposes is the only way to truly live. There are many options. But there are no better and greater choices than these.

What is your whole life for?

A Prayer:

Lord God Almighty, You have made me and redeemed me for Yourself. You have designed me for Your glorious plans and eternal purposes. You have given me Your all - to save me from all of my sins and from all of their miserable consequences.

Dear Father, I offer You my past, my present, my future, my life. Create in me a great hunger for You. Arouse in my soul a deep thirst for Your Word. Grant me a great longing to live for You each day in love and worship of You. Fill me with passion and love and service for people. Lord, I plead all these in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ from whom all blessings flow.
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