One thing that counts
What is the one thing that counts here? It is quite easy to forget why we are even here… I mean here. We get so caught up in the race for fulfillment and achievement that we forget the one needful thing. Oh…how we want to be relevant and famous and rich as children of God (And there is absolutely wrong with this).
But one question plagued my mind this morning… When we get to heaven what will matter most? Is it the cars I owned, the houses I built? The investments I had? What will be of value there? What thing or accomplishment on earth will be of value in heaven? Is it my certificates or my profile on LinkedIn?
Then it dawned on me… It is going to be the lives that I did touch for God and not only touch in matters of feeding or clothing or education sponsorship (these are excellent) but those that I did touch so they could make it home to heaven. Because let’s face it… My efforts will amount to nothing if they still go to hell after giving them scholarships here on earth.
So here is the question; if all these things we are running after won’t matter in the billions of years still ahead of us, why then should we waste the only opportunity we have to prepare for our eternity running after them?
The Lord Jesus said not to labor for the meat that perisheth but for one that endureth to eternity. And I can’t help but wonder, will all my hard work in this life only be for the things that I will leave behind here? Will all my hours be spent so I can receive the applause of carnal men? Will all my sweat be for the satisfaction of my flesh?
Oh, wretched man that I am… To think that I can spend my days searching after vanity and nothing of God and still receive a standing ovation in heaven!!
I am undone if I ever think I can spend my youthful days fighting and panting for accomplishments when none of it will matter on deathbed… If I in anywise think that the appropriate time for deep religion is after my youthful strength is gone.
I am the most foolish if I think for one second that I can redeem my soul with the good things I do for others. Christ did good things too but it wouldn’t matter if He still didn’t die to redeem their soul.
If it ever crossed my mind that I can sacrifice or exchange a devoted relationship with Jesus for a seat at the table of riches and wealth and still receive “Welcome home good and faithful servant” when my time is up here, then greed has blinded me indeed.
And oh… If I ever thought I could get away with sin using the cloak of “no one is perfect, ” I will be in for an irreversible shock on the final day because I called the living God a liar!!
Do I continue to ponder on how the world will see me and let the time to be useful to heaven pass away?
Who’s opinion should matter to me most, God or Forbes?
If I make it to Forbes list and I forfeit God’s list who will save me from an eternity of doom and days of endless darkness thick as a wall?
I will rather close my eyes and shut my ears to what the world thinks… Because their opinion won’t matter when I stand alone at the judgment throne.
I think I will cease from the continual perusal of the gold and silver that won’t be enough to buy a day in eternal lights!!!
I refuse to attach my soul to my worldly possessions that are only scraps compared to King Solomon’s wealth which he called vanity at the end. And I doubt if I am as wise as he was.
All the diamonds in this world can’t avail for my soul; so, therefore, I’m done competing for its possessions.
Only one thing will count… How many souls did I invite on this pilgrims journey? How many did I weep over that they will not turn back? How many did I compete with the devil over?
If my Lord didn’t bow to the devil to gain the world… Neither will I.
1 Timothy 6:6,9,11,17[The message version]
(6-8) A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.
(9-10) But if it’s only money these leaders are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.
(11-12) But you, …….., man of God: Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses.
(17-19) Tell those rich in this world’s wealth to quit being so full of themselves and so obsessed with money, which is here today and gone tomorrow. Tell them to go after God, who piles on all the riches we could ever manage—to do good, to be rich in helping others, to be extravagantly generous. If they do that, they’ll build a treasury that will last, gaining life that is truly life.