Saturday, February 13, 2016

In Light of Eternity

1 Timothy 6:6-8

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”

     No possession of mine will ever leave this world. When I die, only my spirit will be taken away from this earth. Everything else will be left behind. In the moment that I die, my life will be measured by one very important question: What I did I do to impact eternity? Even my impact on other people only matters if godliness was gained. Only what is eternal has significance.
     In light of such a profound but easily forgotten truth, a great importance is placed on what I do with my life in the time that God has given me. In short, only those things which profit godliness are worth pursuing.
     I have often pursued activities and possessions in my life which are completely vain and profit nothing good. Everything I do must be done in light of eternity. For example, I ask myself if watching TV is beneficial in light of eternity. Right now, the Super Bowl is on TV and millions of people are gathered to watch two teams run a ball down a field, trying to outscore one another. Many Americans live with great anticipation, waiting for the next Super Bowl.
     I wonder what kind of value God places on such an event.
     Does it profit godliness?
     Does it matter in light of eternity?
     The time is so short! Man’s life is but a vapor. Imagine if I reached the end of my life and realized that all for which I ever lived was only temporary! Riches are fading. Beauty is fading. Popularity is fading. Finally, life will end. And what shall we say to God when He asks each of us to give an account? What have we done with what God has given? Have we wasted His talents on vain and worldly pursuits? Or have we invested everything in eternity?
     How then shall we live? What is the principal thing in which we should invest? Thankfully, the Bible provides an answer. Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” Wisdom guides and directs. Wisdom ensures that a person’s life is lived to the glory of God, and such a life will profit much in light of eternity.   

     I will apply these verses to my life today by memorizing Proverbs 4:7-9.

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