My life is not my own. This was the attitude of Reepicheep in Prince Caspian as he was fiercely loyal to Caspian, but ultimately to Alsan, the King of Kings. This attitude of loyalty must be my attitude toward the Church, and ultimately, the King and Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ. Reepicheep is one of my favorite characters in all of literature because of his loyalty to the King. Despite his lack of size, ability, and power, he zealously guards the honor of the King. He sees his honor as being united to the King. He sees his life only in relationship to the King. Reepicheep was dead to himself and alive to the King and service to him.
This kind of loyalty is my desire toward Christ, my King. This is what I want for myself and God's people. The words of Paul pierce me-
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. - Colossians 3:1-3
Paul isn't suggesting to be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good, instead, the Apostle is bidding us to assess our affections to see if they have eternity in view. Paul is saying, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to be sure that we evaluate all our thoughts and actions with Christ's eternal glory in mind. Very practically- why do I do the things I do? How are they contributing to the glory of God? What are my priorities in this short earthly life? Am I motivated to do things with eternal significance, or am I wasting a whole lot of time?
To seek things that are above and to set my mind on the same means to truly labor to evaluate and adjust my life now according to Christ and His eternal glory.
Life on earth is very short. Our time to serve the King in this unique way is limited. If my life is hidden with Christ in God, I want to spend every second with thoughts of God's eternal glory. I am so grateful to God that He would give me such eternally significant responsibilities- the spiritual oversight of my family and the shared oversight of one of His local Churches. Maybe this is the answer for all Christians? If you are struggling with knowing how to spend your time in an eternally significant way, why not assess how much effort and time you are spending in ministry to your family and in Christ's Church?
I have heard all sorts of regrets from dying people about having pursued things that won't last after they die. I've never heard one person regret time invested, for Christ's Glory, in their family or Church. What more tangible way can we be loyal to the King of Kings and His eternal glory?