Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Hebrews 13:14 “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.”
Way back when I first began blogging, (a whole 14 months ago, lol) the title of my first site, initially, was “Everlasting Fellowship.” It was intended to relay the truth that we will be forever with the Lord Jesus and each other. That this world is ever so temporary and our participation in this theater of atoms continues on a “day-by-day” basis. Yet it seems that so many of us burden ourselves with divers weights and affections for this temporal life. Things that may seem harmless on the outside, however they lure us away until we inadvertantly leave our first love and ultimately pierce ourselves through with many sorrows.
Two weeks ago, our pastor mentioned a statistic (He must have a manual on statistics because he utilizes them often) concerning those who have won a substantial amount of money in the various lotteries. In the vast majority of cases, five years after the accululation of the so-called “stuff that dreams are made of” they are in worse shape than beforetime and their lives in complete disarray. Too often families are dissolved, therapy sessions become a weekly encounter, and substance abuse becomes commonplace. The flesh is never satisfied, the eyes are never full, and lust for the things of this world will lead one to ruin. The following verse says it perfectly:
Proverbs 30:7-9 “Two things have I required of thee; deny them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.”
A perfect perspective from Agur who understands the pitfalls associated with heaping to ourselves wood, hay, and stubble. One whose affections are on the Holy One of Israel and who realizes that our time here is ever so brief.
From the hour that we first believe, we begin a most fascinating journey. An epic journey of daily becoming less like us and more like Christ. The valleys can be deep, the growing pains intense, and sometimes we cannot see two feet in front of us. The pitfalls are everywhere and we may often find ourselves at our wits end. (When we reach our wits end, it’s then that the Lord can really use us) Yet as we draw ever closer to the Lord and learn to just trust and obey, his perfect peace and joy far exceeds all of treasures of this life. Increasingly, the “bells and whistles” of this world lose their appeal as we long to be absent from the body and present with the Lord. Our desire becomes primarily to reach the city made without hands and take as many folks with us as we can.
I Peter 1:9 “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”
Today is September 27, 2007 and I’m at the house blogging when I should probably be tending to a host of other things. Yet my heart is in heavenly places with Christ Jesus; longing for the day when this corruption puts on incorruption and this mortal puts on immortality. Longing for those all around who are still in the valley of decision to come to Jesus while there is still time. Earnestly desiring that all who are in Christ would grow into the fulness thereof and be a city set on a hill for those who are searching.
This thought has been with me also. We desire, ever increasingly, to finish the race. To reach our expected end and be forever with the Lord. Yet when our time here is complete, our resume will be complete also. We’ll have no more opportunities to reach out to those who are undone, no more opportunities to give a glass of water or visit one who is in prison. No more time to be about our Fathers business. I have squandered more time in the past than I care to think about and lost opportunities rarely present themselves a second time. I pray that we all would be diligent in utilizing the time remaining to be about those things which really matter.
Last Saturday, we (Kimberly, Morgan, and myself) were coming home at a very late hour. Travelling down North River road we rounded a corner and there stood a middle aged lady hitchhiking. (this is in the middle of nowhere) As I pondered stopping, Kimberly and Morgan freaked out. “Don’t even think it! She might be armed!” They were panicked at the thought of possible danger and self-preservation kicked into high gear. (People NEVER hitchhike on North River road.) Reluctantly, I continued on very troubled that we hadn’t stopped. It was almost numbing and in my spirit, I was nearly certain that if I turned the van back around, there would be nobody standing there. It happened so fast and all I could do after that was pray. (Prayers always seem hollow in such situations.)
In truth, if we truly have our affections on things above as we should, we’ll be all the more diligent here. The two go hand in hand. Love the Lord Jesus wholeheartedly and love our neighbors as ourselves. Giving all the more diligence to those things which have everlasting ramifications as every soul is eternal and Jesus shed his blood for all.
Well the goats are feeling the effects of the new computer because they haven’t been fed yet and its after 9:30. I can see that it’s going to be a daily battle to keep from spending an excessive amount of time here, but I’ll strive to blog responsibly. So until the next time, I wish to all a blessed day in Jesus.
Revelation 14:13 “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”