Will What You’re Doing Count for Eternity?

There are 8,765.82 hours in a year. How many of them have we used to make an eternal difference this year already?

Each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

1 Corinthians 3:13-15

There’s a day coming called Judgement Day.

This day is after the seven-year tribulation, and it’s when we go to either Heaven or hell (where are you headed?). That’s also the day where we give an account of every word we’ve ever saidevery secret thing is brought to light, and some receive eternal rewards to cast at the feet of Jesus, if what they done has counted for eternity.

And that’s also the day where our works on the earth will be tried by fire.

“The fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.”

Our hobbies, our accomplishments, our decisions—this is what’s done here on earth. And on Judgement Day, it will be tested by fire. 

“If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

Non-eternal works won’t be able to stand the fire. Whether we’ve had thousands of subscribers, whether we’ve published a hundred books, whether we’ve won hundreds of sports games—that won’t matter. It’s trivial. It won’t stand the fire.

If we believe in Jesus and He is our Lord, we’ll still spend our eternity with Him, of course—but we’ll have little to nothing to cast at His feet.

“If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.”

Whatever it costs us on earth to do things that will last for eternity, we’ll not only receive a hundred times more in this life, but we get eternal rewards. Huge mansions, priceless crowns, you name it. God knows you. He knows what you love.

(And when I say “eternity”, I’m not talking about “oh, people will be talking about this forever!”—I mean eternal life after one dies.)

BUT ONLY WHAT’S COUNTED FOR ETERNITY WILL PASS THE TRIAL BY FIRE.

What kind of things count for eternity, anyway?

Things that influence others for eternity.

You can have thousands of subscribers. But it’ll only last for eternity if you’re reaching out to those thousands with eternal impact.

You can publish hundreds of books. But it’ll only last for eternity if it impacts your readers in a Godly way.

You can win hundreds of sports games. But it’ll only last for eternity if you giving the glory to God will impact fans to turn to Him.

IS WHAT WE’RE CONSUMED WITH; IS WHAT WE’RE AIMING TO ACHIEVE; IS WHAT WE SPEND OUR TIME DOING; WILL IT STAND THE TRIAL BY FIRE?

Two years ago, I looked at my blog (I was only running Delightful World of Dolls back then) and realized it was a worthless hobby.

my favorite shirt!

Being the Jesus freak I am, it’s not like I kept God out of my stories and posts. Because I didn’t. I believe Jesus is the answer to all of life’s problems, so if a doll faced a serious problem in one of my stories, the solution always had something to do with Him.

It was simply second-nature to me, something that comes out of a relationship with Jesus.

But I wasn’t sure it would last for eternity. “When I stand before God and give an account for my life,” I thought, “what will I have to say for the hundreds or probably thousands of hours I’ve spent on my doll blog?”

So I put up a page on my doll blog where others could read about the Gospel and give their lives to Jesus. Through that page alone and only what people have publicly admitted, 172 doll lovers have prayed the salvation prayer I have on there to date.

And that changed everything.

I didn’t want to live my life concerned with trivial hobbies and get to Heaven with nothing to say for myself. I knew I was going to change lives and be in the ministry someday, but I didn’t want to wait until I had graduated Bible college to start doing so. I wanted to do something now.

So in addition to knocking on doors, walking up to total strangers, and speaking to groups and at parties to tell people about Jesus, I now blogged with a real passion. My doll stories became ones where the characters learned how to overcome struggles thanks to Jesus or get their lives radically touched by His love.

My blog was no longer just a hobby. It became my ministry. And the best part? It’s only gotten more fun from there. Because making an eternal difference should be something we love to do and that God’s given us a passion for, not a grind.

THAT BEING SAID, WE’RE MEANT TO ENJOY THIS LIFE HERE ON EARTH, TOO.

Why do you think I blog about life undefeated? Okay, just kidding, you know why. Or you should.

God wants us to have a blessed, abundant life. That’s one of the reasons Jesus even came! No heathen is going to look at the life of a Christian struggling their whole life long and want to serve their God. Please. Enjoy life to the fullest.

God loves us and wants to bless us. We can totally have fun. But making an eternal impact should be fun, too. Not all of us are called to the full-time ministry, but it’s important to see everything through what my friend and fellow minister calls “the goggles of eternity”.

EXAMPLES

Wow. What a creative subheading. My brain is on a roll now. Somebody pull out the record books.

How can we use our current passion to impact someone’s life? Nobody’s forcing you, of course—the passion and desire to use your gifts and talents for the glory of God simply comes out of being in love with Jesus. But if you do share that passion, it’s easy!

Make sure your life on this side of eternity counts for the next side of eternity. Let your life make an eternal difference!

 This week, I challenge you to look through goggles of eternity.

Evaluate what your current life is consumed with. Look at your hobbies closely. Can you impact others for eternity by tweaking things? Do you already impact others through what you do?

 

P.S. Since I changed the focus of Madi Grace (for the ahem second time but nobody’s counting are they), my heart has been at such peace and joy! I can’t really put into words how right this feels. It’s back to what it was when I first started it, and with every new post I publish, it just. feels. right.

Not everyone likes my posts now that they’re “Christian”, but God is bringing new people here every day now (people I’ve never even reached out to! *waves at new followers*). It’s growing faster than when the focus was split. Being faithful, diligent, and obedient allows God to promote you in ways you can’t do on your own!

A great reminder to always obey the voice of the Holy Spirit and His plans for you! You will not regret it. I certainly never have.

By |2018-01-16T19:28:21+00:00January 18th, 2018|Life Undefeated|43 Comments

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Hey! I'm Madi, a blogger, writer, doll collector, & minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can learn more about me by clicking here and more about this blog by clicking here.

43 Comments

  1. Olive January 18, 2018 at 8:19 am - Reply

    *tries to like post* *scowls* *grumbles about stupid ipad* *decides to like it later*
    Cool post. 🙂 I really want to volunteer at the i choose pregnancy center in town, but Mom doesn’t really want to drive me there all the time, so I haven’t got to do it yet. But the good news is, in a year I can get a drivers license, and I can drive myself there! 😃 (but the bad news is DRIVING….😳) *shudders*
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madi January 18, 2018 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      XD Stupid iPad.

      Thank you! Oh my goodness, I’ve always wanted to volunteer are a pregnancy center, too. And yikes, I start driving this year! And then in a few years get my license… *shudders* I feel ya. 😳

  2. Julia January 18, 2018 at 9:55 am - Reply

    Madi, I am honestly impressed by how well you can put all of this into words. You are more in tune with the love of God than some Traditional Roman Catholics, and that’s really wowing. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that you were one! 😆 You’re going places, Madi Grace, both here and in heaven. 😉

    • Madi January 18, 2018 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Julia! 😆 You’re the sweetest. <3

  3. silverfoxstudios January 18, 2018 at 10:09 am - Reply

    This was such a wonderful reminder of what God can do, and what He’ll do if we’re not ready. My parents told me that through my YouTube, I should do the same thing you did. Tell others about the gift of Jesus.

    • Madi January 18, 2018 at 12:38 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Carlye! Telling others about Jesus is truly an honor and a privilege. You never know where God might take your YouTube channel if you dedicate it to Him!

  4. Amie January 18, 2018 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Madi, this is so true and just what I needed! Thank you so much!

    • Madi January 18, 2018 at 12:39 pm - Reply

      Aww, that makes my day! Thank you so much for reading, Amie! <3

      • Amie January 18, 2018 at 7:57 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome!

  5. blackiesunshine January 18, 2018 at 10:31 am - Reply

    This is a great post!
    It’s confession time, Tess.
    I’m currently writing up a post for my doll blog. It’s monumental, cuz…it’s the first religious-themed story I’ve done. Ever. And I will admit that reading your posts was what convinced me to do it. 😀
    It had been hard before I starting reading your blog (blogs, I guess, I follow all three of the MG awesomeness blogs), I had been unstable in my own faith because I was Messianic Jewish. And I felt like no one would get it. But as I started reading your blog, I sort of realized – nobody asks Madi if she’s Baptist or Presbyterian or Evangelical or Catholic, for all I care. She’s just a Believer, without a label, and that’s what makes her blog so powerful. So I kinda got it into my head that day that I was going to come up with stories that have more meaning than just “The Cooking DISASTER!!!!” XD And I’m about to publish my very first one <3
    Thanks so much for what you do. When I read your posts, I feel like I'm secure in my faith, something I'm not secure about a whole lot. Life is confusing for me 😛 So keep doing what you're doing and know – you're awesome. God's awesome and works through you, whatever you like. Keep it up.

    • Madi January 18, 2018 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Tess!

      Oh my goodness, I’m so excited for that! I can’t WAIT to see it. It’ll be awesome!

      Awwww, that literally makes my day so much! You have no idea how much that means to me. :’) (And I for one really love Messianic Jews! XD 💪) I can’t wait to see your new post! It’ll be epic!

      Thank you so much again, Tess. You’re such an encouragement to me! God is awesome, and His awesomeness definitely shows through you, too. <3

      • blackiesunshine January 18, 2018 at 12:59 pm - Reply

        Post is up 😀 It’s just the first part, so it hasn’t come to the climactic climax yet, but I’m proud of the photography at least.
        You’re like one of the people I look up to. And since I’m usually so independant, that’s a huge compliment XD Whenever I talk to you, I feel awesome, and like God’s going to do epic stuff through me. And that gives me the shivers, the good kind. 😛 You keep doing what you’re doing. You’re going to do awesome stuff with your life. I can tell.

        • Madi January 18, 2018 at 1:14 pm - Reply

          AHH YAY! I commented on it!!

          Awww! I feel quite honored indeed. XD Awww, that means so much to me!! God is so incredible. You’re legit the sweetest. <3 <3 <3

          • blackiesunshine January 18, 2018 at 2:35 pm - Reply

            Awwwwe thanks. *blushes* You’re so inspirational.

  6. Kendall January 18, 2018 at 10:53 am - Reply

    LOVE, Madi! I completely agree that everything we do has a future impact- the good, and the bad. We, also, as Christians, or maybe as home schoolers, too, are under a little microscope, and we have such a power of influence simply from being different. May we always be different for good!

    • Madi January 18, 2018 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      That is so true! Amen! 💪

  7. AGs in Alaska January 18, 2018 at 11:09 am - Reply

    Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Madi January 18, 2018 at 12:46 pm - Reply

      Thank you for reading!

  8. EnniMorgan January 18, 2018 at 11:28 am - Reply

    WOW. This post is amazing! I’ve never really thought about this before, and now you’ve really got me thinking! <3

    • Madi January 18, 2018 at 12:47 pm - Reply

      It’s one of the most important things we could ever think about! Thanks for reading, Enni! <3

      • EnniMorgan January 20, 2018 at 11:11 am - Reply

        Yes, it is really is! You’re welcome! <3

  9. Emma ~ Dazzling Dollies January 18, 2018 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    I actually love reading your new posts! They’re so inspirational! Thanks Madi! 🙂

    • Madi January 19, 2018 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      Awww, that makes me so happy! Thank you SO much, Mya!

  10. Sara January 19, 2018 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this important reminder, Madi! It made me stop and think about what really matters. <3
    -Sara

    • Madi January 24, 2018 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      Aw, thank you so much for commenting, Sara! I’m so happy you liked the post. <3

      • Sara January 26, 2018 at 10:07 am - Reply

        I sure did! ♥️

  11. Olivia @ Purely Olivia January 19, 2018 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Your eloquent way with words always inspires me, Madi! So lovely.💞I love your new blog focus because, with all the book blog posts in my reader (which I LOVE, don’t get me wrong), it’s nice to read a post that really focuses me back in on what I should have been focusing on all along- God!

    • Madi January 24, 2018 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Olivia! Me, too — it’s always refreshing to get awesome reminders about God in the midst of our hobbies!

  12. Starling January 20, 2018 at 2:24 am - Reply

    It’s really really really awesome that you turned your blog into a ministry. I’m sure your parents would be very proud of you!

    • Madi January 24, 2018 at 4:36 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Starling! <3

  13. Analee @ Book Snacks January 20, 2018 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    Ahh this was such a lovely and inspirational post! I loved reading this. <3

    • Madi January 20, 2018 at 5:18 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Analee! I’m so glad you liked it. ❤

  14. Liv January 20, 2018 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Madi you are such an inspiration to me. I look up to you in so many ways. All the things you said are 100 percent true and I completely agree with. We need to do anything and everything we can to help the kingdom of God to grow. That is our purpose in life. It’s our job to win over as many people over to Christ as possible. We need to stop and ask ourselves is this going to impact people eternally? If not we need to change that. And when I read posts like this it helps to remind me of that. Sometimes we forget and get swept up in work and things we want to do. It helps me SO much to read your posts. They encourage me in lots of ways as I grow in my relationship with Him. Keep on preaching the truth Sister!!!

    God Bless you and your ministry,
    Liv

    • Madi January 24, 2018 at 4:38 pm - Reply

      AWWW, Liv, that means so much to me!! You’re such a blessing and encouragement! Thanks so much for reading and commenting! <3

  15. daisypaquet January 21, 2018 at 10:57 am - Reply

    My Health curriculum for this year encouraged decreasing stress by looking through the lens of eternity– anything we don’t get done now, any missed opportunities, we can try again in the New Jerusalem with Jesus standing next to us! Personally, I think Jesus will be an awesome teacher and in eternity we can learn anything. <3 By the way, my computer is having trouble with your site; to click 'post comment' I have to zoom out quite a bit, which is unusual… thought you might want to know. 😉 have a lovely Sunday!

    • Madi January 24, 2018 at 4:43 pm - Reply

      That’s what encouraged my pastor when his daughter died — she had a bunch of dreams that weren’t fulfilled in this life, and then God spoke to him and said she’d do ’em in the millennial reign!

      Oh, really? So sorry about that! Thanks for letting me know. 😉 Thanks for commenting! <3

  16. Jerry Peri January 23, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    You write very well! Amazing post!

    • Madi January 23, 2018 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you very much!

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  18. Olivia Bell February 2, 2018 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    This was beautiful, Madi! I LOVED this, it’s so true and so important! I love your blog, and no matter what the world says, keep writing for Jesus, He is so proud of you! 😀

    • Madi February 5, 2018 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      Thank you SOO much, Livy! Aww, you’re the sweetest! <3

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