“The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
1 John 2:17, NIV
I bought a new barbeque grill recently. The salesman was extolling the virtues of the latest, greatest models he had in his showroom. Directing me toward one particularly impressive looking grill with all the trimmings, he said, “This is the Cadillac, this one will last forever!” Really, I thought, that would truly be impressive. I thought about my rusting grill at home and all those other “things” that had held such promise when they were new. Inevitably they did not last.
There is only one thing which lasts forever. That is what belongs to the realm of the eternal – God’s realm. Still, we stumble into the temptation, almost daily, to put our faith and trust in that which is temporary. Maybe for you it is a valuable possession, a bank account, retirement savings, even a special relationship with another person. Unless that relationship is based on the “eternal family,” even it is temporary.
Our text is a clear reminder of what is most important. It is that which lasts – that which is eternal. The arrangement of one’s priorities determines one’s values. It is the indicator of what is most important. James 4:14 asks, “What is life . . . it is a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.” Earthbound life is so fragile and brief by God’s standards, yet we cling tenaciously to it as though it were permanent.
John reminds us that the one constant is the will of God. It is faithfulness to that will that promises the eternal reward. We are to live our lives as His children with that constant as our controlling motivation. We were created for that purpose. It is so easy to forget that truth.
Your “valuables” are what is most important to you. They are the desires of your heart. They inform your decisions, motivate your actions and influence your lifestyle. What is important to you will ultimately be lived out in you.
QUESTION: What are your valuables? Will you ask God to help realign them to fit with His purpose? Now that will last forever!