Time flies. Every passing moment presents us with opportunities to invest in things that have eternal value; we therefore, must be on time because everything we do is like a seed. Every act is a seed and seed not planted in its season is wasted; it cannot produce. What are you doing with the opportunities that God presents to you on a daily basis? When you get to heaven, you will suddenly discover that the best times you had on earth were the times you spent doing the will of God and being in his presence.
The devil likes to sell dummy to people; many people spend forty or fifty years pursuing shadow and missing out the weightier things and when their epitaph is written, all it will says is, ‘he came, he lived, he had children and he died. He is survived by …’ If you study Genesis chapter 5, you will see a genealogy tracing the generation of Adam “… And the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died. And Seth lived an hundred and five years, and begat Enos: and Seth lived after he begat Enos eight hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters: and all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years: and he died. And Enos lived ninety years and begat Cainan …” and the list continued until Enoch was mentioned and you will notice a radical change. The Bible says, “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” Gen. 5:24. Enoch walked with God and was ‘raptured’. Are you walking with God?
The systems of this world are designed to make you chase shadows into the grave. The only thing you will take from this earth is hope and it is either a lively hope or a dead hope. What gives you a lively hope? It is your connection to God through Christ. Jesus is the way. He said “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” John 10:10b. Outside Christ, there is no life. You need to re-order your priorities. Whoever dies without Christ has gone with a dead hope. You need to keep reminding yourself of this so that you can get your priorities right. When others are chasing shadows, you can decide to chase God; you can decide to consolidate your relationship with God. You can decide to invest on things that have eternal value.
Solomon was the wisest, the ‘most successful’, the most accomplished and the wealthiest man by the world’s standards that ever lived. He had gold like dust, his father left so much gold for him to build the temple worth about three billion dollars. In addition to the gold were silver and other precious things. He leveraged on this and became many times richer because God blessed him. After he had seen it all and tasted it all and had this life to the fullest, however, he said that vanity of vanities, all is vanity. “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ecc. 12:13-14
- Lord, I thank you for your word; grant that this word will bring revival and transformation in my life. Help me not to invest my life on things that do not have eternal value.
- Grant me the grace not to pursue vanity but the grace to walk with you and to place value in my relationship with you. Please, help me; I need your grace not to fritter away the opportunities that life presents on a daily basis. Open my eyes, help me, O God, not to be deceived in the name of Jesus. Amen.
TO BE CONTINUED…..