For our God is a devouring fire. (Hebrews 12:29)
Relate: What did you do yesterday? When you got up in the morning, how long did it take you to get ready? What did you have for breakfast? Did you even have one? How long does it take you to get to work? What do you drive? What did you listen to on the radio? Where do you work? What do you do? Who did you chat with on facebook when you were supposed to be working? Over lunch break, did you hang out with others? What did you talk about? Where did you go after work? Did you watch any TV? What shows? Did you play any games? Watch any movies? Did you have a snack? Around what time did you head to bed?
Obviously, not all these questions apply to every one, but fill in the gaps of your day with whichever other questions might be applicable. Now take all those questions and think about June 17. Can you answer any of them? How about March 11 last year? What about September 23, 2006? A huge percentage of what we do is transient. It is purposeless. There is no lasting value. Yet these little things are what we spend such a large majority of our time, thought, effort, and money on.
React: What do I eat? It doesn’t matter. Where do I work and what do they do? It doesn’t matter. What are my hobbies? It doesn’t matter. Only two things I do have eternal value. Everything in this world will be shaken. When everything in this world is consumed, only the eternal things will remain. When God consumes it all, all that will be left is what I did for Him, and what I did with others. Perhaps that is why the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love others. Only what I do in obedience to these commands will last. Everything else… it doesn’t matter.
God, help me to invest in the eternal. So much of my life, so much of my time is invested in things that just do not matter. This seems unavoidable. I can’t escape it. Help me to keep perspective through all this. Help me to remember that all of this meaningless stuff is nothing more than a tool to enable me to better invest in eternal things. Help me to constantly come back to this perspective.
This is a devotional created by and for Two Rivers Assembly.