30. AN ETERNITY OUTLOOK

"For the conversion of one sinner the minister should tax his resources to the utmost. The soul that God has created and Christ has redeemed is of great value because of the possibilities before it, the spiritual advantages that have been granted it, the capabilities that it may possess if vitalized by the Word of God, and the immortality it may gain through the hope presented in the gospel. And if Christ left the ninety and nine that He might seek and save one lost sheep, can we be justified in doing less? Is not a neglect to work as Christ worked, to sacrifice as He sacrificed, a betrayal of sacred trusts, an insult to God?"

APPLICATION

a. Principle Focus (review)

Outlook--the view/prospect or the mental attitude that a minister has of the rewards of eternity that provide a point to look to and work from. It is the immortal view versus a mortal one. The reward of the faithful. The eternal outlook can inspire and motivate believers to press on in spite of obstacles.

b. Scriptural Foundation (study)

Think of the most incredible place, the most rewarding enterprises, the most longed-for physical state, and Paul, in 1 Corinthians 2, says you still haven't begun to imagine what heaven (Revelation 21) and eternity (Revelation 22) are like.

c. Behavior Outcomes (model)

  • I will spend time studying and imagining eternity, heaven, and the glories to come. Then I will more consistently refer to and weave such thoughts into my interactions with all people.
  • By using the Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy, and other helpful literature, I will develop messages on the subject of eternity and let it inspire us to look beyond "this lonely vale of tears."

d. Personal Assessment (evaluate)

How satisfied am I with the development of this characteristic in my ministry? (Circle one.)

1 2 3 4 5
Extremely
Dissatisfied
Somewhat
Satisfied
Extremely
Satisfied

e. Action Plan (implement)

What will I do to increase my effectiveness in this area? (Write your intentions.)





MEDITATION

"Lord, inspire me with the glories to come, that in You they have already begun. As I am inspired, so I will inspire others. These thoughts can be the real motivation for me to press on to excel in ministry because it will help me (1) to make necessary sacrifices now; (2) cause people to see that eternity is worth whatever we go through now; (3) see the eternal potential of each person I seek to win for You. Guide me in this inviting way, Lord."