For our God is a devouring fire. (Hebrews 12:29)
Relate: What was your day like yesterday? What did you do? Is that an easy question? What about your morning the day before? How long did it take you to get up and going? What did you eat, if you ate, for breakfast? The day before that… what was the highlight of your day at work? Where do you work? What do you do? Who were you chatting with on facebook when your boss thought you were being diligent? did you hang out with anyone over lunch break? What did you talk about? Where did you go after work? The day before that, did you watch any TV? If so, what shows? Are there any phone/facebook/computer/playstation games eating away your time? How much? Did you grab yourself a snack after dinner and before bed last Tuesday? Around what time was “lights out”?
Obviously, not all these questions apply to every reader, but fill in the gaps of your days with whichever other questions might be applicable. Now take all those questions and think specifically about 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 of 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 that perspective.