Last night I spent some time at a friend’s house, and she showed me her extensive music collection. She had music from every era and genre – contemporary Christian, 70’s rock, disco, Motown, Gospel choir albums. She had over one hundred albums. The problem is that every single one is on cassette.
I threw out all of my cassettes and VHS movies quite a while back. My boom box and VCR went with them. Yes, when I was in college, I’d invested quite a bit of cash toward purchasing albums by my favorite artists, but there came a day when I realized that the little square cassette tapes had lost their value.
This world is like that. Most things lose their value quickly in this broken, fallen earth. Society will tell you that you need to purchase the next biggest and best popular thing, but ten years from now, that little gem that you spent a pretty penny on is probably going to end up in the trash with your Walkman and your beeper.
If we follow God’s economy, we will invest wisely in treasures that reap eternal rewards. Today, we can choose to live differently. We can say no to the glittery and temporal and devote our energy toward what will never fade:
Seek to know and obey His unchanging, eternal Word with all your heart.
“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever” (Isaiah 40:8)
Serve with your hands and feet to meet the needs of others.
“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward” (Matthew 10:42)
Sacrifice your personal agenda to advance God’s Kingdom purposes.
“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:29).
Share your story and tell the lost the Good News that Christ came to save us from our brokenness and sin.
“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30)
Let’s choose wisely and invest our time, talent, and treasure in what God values and rewards. Let’s place pursuing His Kingdom agenda at the top of our “wish list.” This is an investment decision that will always reap a profit.
Lyli Dunbar loves teaching. For 17 years, she mentored teenagers in the Christian school setting, and now she has serves as Associate Director of Curriculum at Trinity International University Florida. Lyli married her Prince Charming in her 40’s and has a heart for encouraging young couples and singles in God’s waiting room. She enjoys road trips with her husband, connecting with women through Bible study, and reading way too many books. Lyli writes about life lessons and faith on herpersonal blog. You may also connect with her on Facebook,Twitter, and Pinterest.
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