Francis Chan uses the imagery of a long piece of white rope to represent eternity. Then there is a short red section of the rope that represents our lives on earth. In comparison to the white rope, it’s pretty short and insignificant. Here is his opinion on how we should view our lives here on earth.
- We spend too much time thinking about now and not later. We plan elaborate vacations and spend lots of money on our stuff to make this life great but we think very little about the rest of the rope which is eternity.
- Our purpose is not about making ourselves comfortable. God didn’t create us to make ourselves the center of our world. He didn’t put us here to fill our bellies with good food and waste our money on frivolous things. He put us here to make a difference for his mission. He wants us to do our part of changing other people’s eternities so they can go to heaven, too. (1 Corinthians 9:24)
- We get one chance at this life on earth. Let’s not waste our lives going after the temporal stuff. Let’s live our lives, now, in a way that glorifies God and his mission. Anything else is a waste. (Hebrews 12:1)
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Have you ever had an experience that caused you think about the shortness of life? Share it with the group.
- Read James 4:14. Why is it important to reflect on the shortness of life?
- How much do you think about eternity in an average week? How much do you think about temporary stuff?
- Read Colossians 3:1-2. How should the reality of eternity change our priorities?
- Read Philippians 3:13-14. Summarize Paul’s mission statement from these verses? What is yours?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.