“It is absolutely breathtaking!” I cried out over the roar of the small, dual-engine airplane. My wife and I were going from island to island, taking in the beauty of everything Hawaii had to offer. The azure water below us stretched beyond the islands as far as the eye could see.
I drank from my water bottle and spilled a drop on the metal floor of the small plane. I thought to myself, “How incredibly small a drop of water is compared to the vast ocean below us!” It brought to mind a teaching I heard comparing our lives to a drop of water in the vast ocean of eternity.
Psalm 144:4 tells us that, “Man is like a breath; his days are like a fleeting shadow.” If this is true, then why do I invest so much in earthly pursuits when I know that my investment here has so much impact on my eternity?
I know that I am a son of God. I know that I have been given the ministry of reconciliation and the word of reconciliation to fulfill it. I also know that I am an Ambassador for Jesus Christ to the world of the unsaved. I know all of this, but I have to check periodically to see who I am presenting to the world.
What Do People See?
When people see me, do they see a representative of Jesus Christ? Is the love of Christ evident in my words and in my actions? Am I a living example of the Word of God that I am speaking? This reflection makes me thank God for His love and grace in my life! I bear in mind the words of Joyce Meyer, “I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be.”
Now let me ask you, what makes you different from your neighbor? Is your relationship with God noticeably different from that of the man next door, or do you blend in with everybody else in the world around you, with no distinctions that set you apart – the language you use, the habits you have, the people you hang out with, the things you desire and pursue?
As believers, we live in the world, but we are not of this world – why continue to live as though we are? If you’re not experiencing regular encounters with God, it’s time to ask, “why not?” We don’t live day-to-day waiting for the next spiritual experience, but we should see by-products of a life centered in God that is reflected in fruit from His presence in our lives.
Where Are Your Treasures?
Jesus instructs us concerning worldly endeavors in Matthew 6:19-21. He tells us not to store up treasures on earth because these things will rot and decay. Instead we are to store up treasures in Heaven. Wait, what? What treasures can we store up in heaven? Rewards! We are promised rewards for doing the will of God, and He is keeping account of every reward we earn. These will never rot or perish – they are everlasting. These are the treasures we are to pursue. These treasures will impact our eternity, and where your treasure is, your heart will be.
At the end of Matthew 6, Jesus tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. There are two phases to consider in this verse. First, to seek the Kingdom of God refers to salvation. Great! I have salvation through the saving blood of Jesus Christ. But what is seeking God’s righteousness all about? I’m glad you asked! God’s righteousness is all about His goodness and grace and mercy towards His children. God is just and good, and we are to seek His righteousness in every situation. We proactively search to do good works and acts of undeserved kindness towards others. Why? Rewards! We will be rewarded; if not in this life, then most assuredly in the age to come.
This is a command we should continually be doing. Sadly, people do not “keep seeking first” the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, but get distracted. Our enemy has a way of keeping our focus on the problems and pleasures of today rather than the spiritual opportunities before us. He is master of the urgent, not the important. Don’t allow the Thief to steal your rewards. Don’t let the worries and cares of this life keep you from having an eternal impact on your life or the lives of those you are called to serve.
The Wise Choice
Our time on earth is brief. I encourage you, brothers and sisters, consider where you are investing your time and energies. Stand firm and let nothing move you or distract you from seeking and pursuing after God and His righteousness. Keep thinking about heavenly things and the things of God.
Since, then, you were raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think about the things that are above, not the things that are on the earth– Colossians 3:1-2
There are no treasures on this earth that are worth storing up compared to those things that are above. I love this word – “rewards!” It’s better than chocolate!
Therefore, watch carefully how you walk, not as unwise, but as wise, making the best use of the time because the days are evil.– Ephesians 5:15
Making the best use of our time is to take advantage of the opportunities we have to do good. The days are evil, and we must seek righteousness and do good when opportunities present themselves. This is always a choice that we make. Doing good and pursuing righteousness is always the wise choice.
The world holds nothing of lasting value for you. Life and beauty are fleeting things and even the most beautiful flower or garden withers and dies eventually (1 Peter 1:24). But God’s Word never changes, and we can trust that it will never fade away. And we have the assurance that if we keep seeking God and His righteousness, the entrance into the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly provided to us in the age to come!