For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.
There are some things in life that just do not matter.
I saw a facebook post the other day stating that the older a person gets the things they want for Christmas can’t be bought in a store. It’s true. Grandparents rarely whine for a toy or electronic gadget under the tree, and they never say, “Is that it?” after the presents have been opened. It sounds like with age and maturity we learn what really matters at Christmastime. Being together as a family and being healthy enough to enjoy it is what really matters at Christmas. Toys just do not matter.
This insight applies to more than just Christmas. As Believers, there are situations and activities that just don’t matter. Getting caught up in worries, status, and accumulation is like a granny pouting over opening the wrong dolly for Christmas. It’s unbecoming, it doesn’t happen (at least it shouldn’t), it is not the product of maturity.
Similarly, I can pursue maturity in Christ by obeying and trusting him every single day. Then, there will be stuff that I put away and just don’t do because it would be unbecoming of a Believer to get caught up in things that do not really matter. For, Hebrews 6:1 encourages Believers to become mature in our understanding not to revert to our pre-Christ existence.
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
Help me to know what really matters today. Thank you that I am enjoying good health, my family, your blessings, and being content with what we have. I love you so much and I love the great relief not being consumed with things that just don’t matter. Thank you for showing me your Word and your Will. And I pray in Jesus’ name, amen.