Take a pause and answer this question, “what do you own that is your most prized possession?” What is it in your life that you monitor often? Is it a prized picture? Is it a vehicle? Is it your house? Is it the size of your retirement portfolio? What is it for you?
Got it–did you identify something?
Okay-let’s take it one step further what could you do that would make your special something even better? Could you identify that? Maybe if it was bigger, or had more bells and whistles- what would it be?
Now, let me take it to the nth degree–what if you could gain the whole world? How meaningful and how important would that really be?
Interestingly enough, Jesus asks that very same question, “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to His deeds. (Matthew 16:26-27- nasb)
The point is this: there is no problem in having nice things. I enjoy nice things, but what I have learned (sometimes the painful way) is that I can get distracted after following good things (sometimes not so good) and totally miss out on really what is most important.
I want to encourage you with the strongest passion I can to enjoy life as a gift, however, even more than that, I want to encourage you to enjoy the Giver of all gifts.
If you are settling for just being satisfied with the things of this world, but you are not considering that there may be more to your existence than this time on earth, I would plead with you to give it some more thought. Prove me wrong.
What will it cost you other than 1 Sunday morning to attend a church service in your community that you have heard has a reputation for being alive. At the most it may be an hour and a half of your time, maybe two hours, but isn’t worth such a small effort to see if you just might be missing something that has significant value?
I leave you with the a question: What real benefit was there for a Southern millionaire after the Civil War who had all his money in Confederate currency? It was backed by a government that really didn’t have any authority and didn’t exist. All his confidence and self-worth were based on his net-worth and proved to be meaningless in the long-term.
How about you? Wouldn’t it make sense to do your due diligence and reflect on your own life? What really is it that is most special to you? If it is any thing other than having a relationship with Almighty God than something is missing.
Don’t invest all your heart with just the things of this earth that in the end will prove to be backed by nothing that has authority or even exists .