What is Of Most Value to Me?
Ravi Zacharias, the Evangelist, talked about a wealthy businessman who came up to him after one of his talks and said, “I have any pleasure available to me with my resources. However, in striving for my wealth, I’ve lost everything of value.” I think we all need to ask ourselves from time to time, “What am I striving for?” What is of most value to me?
So Easy to Be Distracted
It is so easy in our nation of affluence to get caught up in the latest news, the current styles, and the popular lifestyle to forget to ponder from time to time, just what our goals are. The rich young ruler in the Bible seemed to have it right. He was zealously following the Ten Commandments. But Jesus didn’t let him off the hook, because Jesus knew the rich young ruler’s heart was ultimately focused on his wealth and success.
Taking our Wealth to Heaven
I heard the story about a rich man who really wanted to take his wealth to heaven with him. In fact, he went so far as to get God’s permission to bring one suitcase of his wealth with him, so he filled it with gold bars. He died and got to the pearly gates. St. Peter said, “You can’t bring that in here.” The rich man said, “I’ve gotten special permission.” When St. Peter opened the suitcase, he told the man, “You brought pavement?”
Eternal Values are Different
You see, everything is turned upside down in the eternal. When the streets in heaven are paved with gold, its value is diminished. So it is with all the riches of the earth. That’s why Jesus told us to “lay up for ourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust corrupts.” We must lay up eternal treasures based on eternal values.
Life is Meaningless Without God
“Eat, drink, and be merry,” doesn’t work in eternity. Solomon, who had the wherewithal to have all the pleasure he could have ever craved, and the satisfaction of creating buildings and all kinds of stuff, lamented that it was all “meaningless” under the sun – meaningless in the eternal realm.
Our Relationship With Jesus Matters
What matters here and in eternity is our relationship with Jesus – living our lives with Him and for Him. Nothing else really matters if that isn’t right. We need Jesus to have our sins forgiven and then live a life of service in gratitude – eternal gratitude.
Blessings on your journey of faith, anita
Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl & the African Chief
I describe my journey of faith in my memoir of my love story. During the 1960s, I married my anthropology professor who was a hereditary African Chief of the Mende tribe in West Africa. This led me to visit Africa a number of times and live in his remote village for a year with our 3 boys doing lay missionary work. I certainly didn’t do things perfectly. And yet, the Lord has been so gracious in my life! I can only praise and thank Him!