Life is so stinkin’ short.
1 Peter 1:24-25
As the Scriptures say, “People are like grass; their beauty is like a flower in the field. The grass withers and the flower fades. But the word of the Lord remains forever.” And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.
I like how God’s Word makes it clear that makes distinctions for us. Some things last; some things do not last.
People are like grass... Life is short. In view of the infinite time line of eternity, our 80 or 90 years on the plant is just a small blip. That’s why Jesus said this: Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. (Matthew 6:19-21)
What are treasures we can store for heaven? Well, I think of treasure as what is absolutely most important to me. The first thing that comes to mind is my family. My treasure is people. Discipling my kids, talking about Jesus, and praying for one another is time well spent that will not go to waste. We cannot say the same about working long hours to pay for extra fun things or please bosses. Spending lots of time escaping reality with shopping sprees, vacations, and binge watching Netflix wouldn’t be treasures that last either. There’s nothing wrong with those things, but if that’s all we pursue, or, worse yet, if pursing crowds out sharing Jesus, personal worship and study time, and talking about him with our family, then we’ll be quite stunned when the people that matter most to us now aren’t there with us later.
I am so glad that your Word lasts literally forever and spending time talking about you with anyone and everyone will not ever be wasted time. I pray for me to be the one to give an unbeliever something to think about. I pray that I would be the one who constantly prays for and encourages my own family in your Word. Help me to make time for my real treasures and not be lazy. I love you so much and thank you for your Son in whose name I pray, amen.