Monday, April 15, 2013

Will It Go With Me?

"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:19-20 NLT)

Sunday's Services were focused on the concept that our best life is not now.  Those who put their hope in Jesus as Lord look forward to the next life with eager anticipation.  We know that the New Heaven and New Earth God has in store for us is far greater than anything we will experience here and now, if for no other reason than the fact that we will be in the presence of God.

Knowing this tends to beg the question, then.  Why do I work so hard for things that I cannot take with me when I leave this life?  Jesus said it this way...

"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. "That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to Him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? "And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, He will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? "So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:24-33 NLT)

Why does he implore us to seek the Kingdom of God above all else?  Simple.  That's where we will be spending eternity.  Get ready for the place where you will be spending the most of your time.  A hundred year life here certainly sounds like a long time until you compare it with the infinity of eternity.  The next time you dive into a project to work hard at it, I encourage you to ask this simple question: "Will the results of this project go with me to eternity?"  Maybe you'll find yourself diving into projects you've never considered before.