1 Peter 1:18-19 NCV
You know that in the past you were living in a worthless way, a way passed down from the people who lived before you. But you were saved from that useless life. You were bought, not with something that ruins like gold or silver, but with the precious blood of Christ, who was like a pure and perfect lamb.
You know that in the past you were living in a worthless way... Yep
A way passed down from the people who lived before you... Yep
But you were saved from that useless life... And Yep
All people know how to do is live in such a way to please and indulge ourselves, try and live with the least amount of discomfort possible, and desperately try to preserve all we’ve acquired. And we pass these tiresome, disappointing meaningless behavior to the next batch of people after us. It’s all we know.
But in Matthew 10:39 Jesus tells us to give up our way of life for his, and then we will actually find it. This not only sounds impossible but also ridiculous to our control freakish nature. But the One who created us is also the One who knows what we actually need.
If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it. (NLT)
No one wants to have lived a useless life. It would not make for a flattering epitaph on a headstone. Does a person who spent their life accumulating awesome things want Here lies Mr. Man. He lived a useless life on his gravestone? No. We define ourselves by our awesome things. But since awesome things rust, break, decay, devalue, and stay behind after we’ve gone, they really are useless, aren’t they? Thankfully, the things of God and life the way he prescribes is what we actually need and actually need to pass on to the people who live after we’re gone.
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 NLT)
Thank you that our treasures in heaven are the people we help show the way there to. Thank you that our treasure in heaven is Jesus. Thank you that our treasure does not rust or get stolen or become destroyed in anyway and makes the life we live now useful and full of purpose. I love you, and I love your ways, and I love your Son, in whose name I pray, amen.