31 May That which cannot be lost
Read Luke 12:22-34
Thought for the Day: Seek first the kingdom of God!
It has often been noted that you can understand a person’s priorities by watching where they invest their time and money. If I say “I love playing basketball” but the hoop in my driveway goes unused for months at a time, do I really love basketball? If I say “I care about _______”, but don’t support them financially, do I really care about their mission? Our priorities are more than simply wishful ideas. Things matter to us when we invest in them.
Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Let’s remember that the people we see every day have been created by God to live forever. In fact, every person that we encounter matters to God and needs to matter to us. When we get caught up worrying about the things of this world, we miss the opportunities that God gives us to do His will each day. When we do this, we get off track and start worrying about the things of this world that aren’t really that important. In the end, the things of this world let us down and eventually fade away.
Rather than only putting our time and resources into that which lasts for a short time, let’s make the priority that which lasts forever. Jim Elliot was a missionary who gave his life serving the people of Ecuador during Operation Auca. On October 28, 1949, he reflected on this in his personal journal when he wrote these words: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Jim Elliot knew that all resources he had were best used to do good and glorify Christ. Today God invites us to live that Jesus wants us to live as we seek first God’s kingdom in everything that we do!
Pastors Stan and David