Only What You Do For Christ Will Last

Have you ever seen a UHAUL truck being pulled by a hearse at a funeral? No? Me either. In fact, it sounds pretty crazy right?

When you die, the last thing people will be concerned with is how much money you made, what kind of car you drove, how many pairs of J's you owned, how big your house was, or how many degrees you possessed. While those things aren't necessarily bad in and of them self, you just can't take them with you when you leave this earth. No matter how "popular" or how "successful" you become, our graves will all still be the same size, and we will all still be covered with the same old dirt. That may sound a bit harsh, but it's the truth. God tells us to store our treasures up in Heaven for this very reason. All of this earthly stuff will soon pass away, but only what's done for Christ's sake will last throughout eternity.

So, how many people have you helped lately? How much time have you spent with God lately? How much love and grace have you shown to others lately? How many people have you shared the Gospel with? I mean, isn't that what this life is all about? And before you think I'm excluding myself, let me just be the first to say that all of those questions apply to me as well. People are dying and going to hell and we're consumed by frivolous things like keeping up with the latest fashion trends and how many Instagram and Twitter followers we have.

As Christians, it is so easy for us to get caught up in the things of this world; but we have got to remember that we are called to be "in the world, but not of the world". This place is not our home. We have a home that is far greater than this place called Earth waiting on us in Heaven. So instead of spending all of our time, money and attention on things we can't take with us in the end, why not become more invested in those things that are worth way more eternally?

How sad would it be for us to be in the very presence of an all-powerful, all-knowing God, and not have anything to show for our life here on earth? I mean sure, you were successful in your career and you dressed nice, but what did you do for Christ?? Earthly accomplishments are great (don't get me wrong), but how did you really choose to spend the time that He allotted you with? What kind of impact will you leave once you are gone?

"I'm just a nobody trying to tell everybody about Somebody who can save anybody"

A few years ago I attended a funeral service for a very precious three year old. There the preacher said something that I had never really thought about until that moment. He said "We know where she is now. And although we can't bring her back to us, we can live our lives so that we can one day go with her". That phrase is something that I will never forget. Our sole purpose on this earth, as followers of Christ, is to tell as many people as we can about Him and to live our lives so that one day we too can join Him in Heaven. All of the other worldly stuff we get to experience and enjoy in our lifetime is simply an added bonus.

So, my challenge for you  US today is this: Focus on the bigger picture. Spread the Gospel whenever and to whomever you can. Invest in things that matter, and don't waste your entire life on temporal things that reap no eternal reward. 

"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." 1 Corinthians 6:19-21 NLT