Living with Eternity in Mind
"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." -Matthew 6:20
Our lives are so short. The Bible says the extent of our lives is like a fleeting shadow. (Psalms 144:4) Even still, every life has value. And God brought you and I here for a purpose. What are we doing now that has lasting value? What are we doing to create meaning in our lives and in the lives of others? Are we living each day with an eternal purpose in mind?
There was a story of a man who worked countless hours at his job. He believed in God, but his main focus was on his earthly success. He ran a very large business. When asked what people might say about him at his death he replied, "I've always known someone might ask me that question, but I am still not prepared to answer."
When we're young, we generally have more time to live our lives. But, when we're older, we might reminisce on what we could've done differently in our earlier years. Because our time is short, we need to use it wisely, and take thought for our intentions. Take an inventory of your time and how you spend it. Are there areas in your life you could improve on? What can you do now that will create long-lasting value for the kingdom? Even by being faithful in mundane tasks and doing them as unto God we are creating meaning and purpose. (Colossians 3:23) What other things can we do to keep our focus on heavenly rewards? Could we set more time aside for prayer and worship? Could we ask to pray for someone when they're not feeling well, or spend more time with family? Could we share Christ with someone? Could we serve at church or volunteer in our community?
Whatever it is, we need to keep in mind the things that last, and store up treasure "where moth and rust do not decay." In the end, the only thing that will withstand the fire are the things we did to glorify God out of a selfless desire to love and serve Him. (1 Corinthians 3:10-15)
What are you doing today that will impact your tomorrow? Are you living with eternity in mind?