POOF! Here today, gone tomorrow…
Think about it- those poor folks in Greece were just like us, going about their day, working, traveling, once oblivious to the magnitude of their present economic situation. Imagine looking back at how you spent your time, energies and your money while you were still able to have some say so about how you could spend all your time and money?
Imagine wondering if you could have been more mindful, more prudent about making that last purchase before you found yourself in front of an empty ATM machine? Of course, that could never happen to us, right? Maybe, but maybe not…in either case, it seems to me that our time chasing after the latest and greatest in pop culture (what the Kardashians think about Caitlyn or working another overtime shift or the latest movie, TV show, app or video game for the newest Android/Apple product) could be re-evaluated. Test it out to see what it is really made of.
Does it pass the fireproof test?
1 Corinthians 3:10-15 is a pretty sobering passage about how we need to be careful about what we consider worthwhile materials with which we build our service to the Lord. Will you continue to chase the things this world tells us is most important? Not many of us openly admit to wanting the fame and fortunes of this world but be honest – few would turn it down if it was handed to us. It doesn’t take much research to realize under the wrong circumstances, the value of $1 can become so worthless that having a million of those dollars would mean absolutely nothing.
Here today and gone tomorrow–
We look at our celebrities and still we think that the more money and fame we have the more good we can do in the world, right? Somehow we think that logic justifies our desires. More folks have fallen for that one since time began- myself included! Our ability to do good in this world is not at all connected with how much money and influence we have. In God’s sight, it is more pleasing to Him for you to just be obedient with your little resources (if that is all He has allowed you to have right now) and let Him make what you think is little become much. I bet that poor widow who was obedient and gave her equivalent of a penny as an offering had no idea that she would be recorded in the Bible (Mark 12:41-44) as an example for generations to come.
In Ecclesiastes, it talks a great deal about “chasing or striving after the wind” – King Solomon was gifted with a God-given wisdom to rule as king. He was able to experience more than most men ever will and he still realized that all those pursuits were just a waste after all. The final chapter, Ecclesiastes 12, where he summarizes it all and offers great advice really caused me to pause. He gives us two warnings-
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth” before too much time passes and we are no longer able to do anything of our own volition. “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
Finally, there can be a temptation to do what Esau did. He was the brother in Genesis 25:29-34 who sold his inheritance and birthright to his brother Jacob for a single bowl of food. He thought his need to satisfy his flesh (hunger can be for food, sex, power, etc) was more important than anything – in that moment. To Esau, all he could think of was how hungry he was – his short-term need and it blinded him to the long-term need to keep his birthright from being taken away. He went as far as to suggest that he might die from hunger and thirst so it was better to “eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we may die”! Once he had filled himself – ate, drank and became merry, it was too late. (Gen 27:33-40) The birthright was gone. He had to admit that a small, measly bowl of food may have satisfied him in that moment but it really turned out to be just like chasing the wind –
here today, gone tomorrow.
Help us, Lord – we need You more than we even know–