Last night my small group discussed briefly the topic of urgency. The simple fact that if we knew someone was close to death – or if we knew that we were close to death – we would be more intentional about sharing the Gospel. The topic is not a new one, but one that Christians regularly consider for brief amounts of time and then slip right back into their routines. Why? Because we have routines. Because we are rarely confronted with death. Because we have no way to visualize eternity and keep it on the forefront of our minds.
Jesus set the bar for salvation very high.
“So then, none of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his own possessions.”
– Luke 14.33
We all know, at least in theory, that nothing we acquire on Earth is eternal. We cannot take it with us. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Solomon grieved this very point when he was experimenting with the pleasures of the world and becoming extremely wealthy:
“A man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor so that his soul lacks nothing of all that he desires; yet God has not empowered him to eat from them, for a foreigner enjoys them. This is vanity and a severe affliction.”
– Ecc 6.2
When we are consumed and focused on this life we cannot even enjoy the fruit of our labor because we are too busy looking at the next task, the end project, the next goal.
“Hold everything earthly with a loose hand, but grasp eternal things with a death-like grip.”
– Charles Spurgeon
Let us spend our energy today remembering the things that have eternal value: knowing and loving God and sharing His truth and Gospel with those around us.
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
– Matt 6.19-21