The Landfill of Life vs. Treasure of Heaven
Recently, my wife, Gina, and I re-did our wills. We went through all the questionnaires the attorney gave us to make sure everything we wanted would be carried out. The one item the attorney never asked was, "How much would you like to take with you when you die?"
You see, when we pass, the Bible tell us in Genesis 3:19, "In the sweat of thy face thou shalt eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."
I have recently come to the realization that everything I have striven for most of my life is worthless in the eternal sense. There isn’t anything that we “own” — no matter how expensive, cheap, nice, ugly, or nostalgic — that will not end up in a landfill at some point. Everything we “own” we will leave behind. The things that are most important in this life are not things at all. They are the love that we show others. The only things worth doing here on earth are the ones that will make an eternal difference in someone’s life and in the Kingdom of God.
So, let’s take a piece of wisdom from King Solomon: "I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit" (Ecclesiastes 1:14).
The point is to chase after the things that matter! Don’t worry about what you will leave behind for “the landfill of life.”
As I write this, we have just come off of hosting the Southwest Region Youth Summit here in Fort Worth, Texas, during which we spent a lot of time socializing and talking about the things of the Lord — the things that matter.
I was able to spend some time with one of the visiting ministers, hearing about how the Lord had carried him and his family through some very trying times in their life, which had taken a different course than the one they had anticipated. The trials they had to go through would have broken people without faith. However, this family did two things:
1. They gave the credit to the Lord for bringing them through and trusted in His sovereignty.
2. There never seemed to be a time when the urgency of the Gospel wasn’t present in their walk.
They told of some unbaptized young people who had come with them this weekend, and they asked for prayer for them. There was nothing to them more urgent than having the Holy Spirit convict these young people of their unrighteousness and their need for a Savior. This minister and his wife knew that the conversion would come in the Lord’s time and not man’s time. There was a sense of urgency but not a hint at pushing, only loving.
God does the calling, and He does it perfectly. In fact, another of our young visitors stood and requested baptism directly following communion in our Sunday service, during which ordinance the Holy Spirit came down with great power and blessing as we sang a medley of hymns.
The spiritual things we experienced at this event aren't going to end up in any type of landfill. Instead, they're the heavenly treasures that Matthew 6 talks about: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven... For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
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