We often agree with the statement that riches on earth are temporary, but how often do we reflect this sentiment in our lives?
Just a simple session of browsing the internet and we are flooded with hundreds of messages on how to make quick money online, the latest products and gadgets going on fire sale or even using social media to determine our self-worth. Being consumed with these apps, trying to portray their beauty, goals, importance, and even wealth can be detrimental in the ways of God.
Technology in itself isn’t a vice, it is the hold it has over our attention, and how we allow it to shape our values that can be alarming. Hence this message is a reminder to not prioritize the pursuit of earthly desires over the ways of God.
There is nothing wrong with seeking financial gains and having ambition in life, especially if we use our resources to find ways to exalt God’s work. Our accomplishments should be celebrated and shared with others – but remember that nobody can bring material wealth, glamour, and titles into eternity. No one can take anything from this earth after they die. Thus our main focus and intentions should always be grounded in faith.
God may have generously given His children more than what they could ever ask or imagine, but what will last forever is their relationship with Him. It should be, in fact, the topmost priority. The possessions He gave should not be worshipped but be used to love and help people He has sent in their path.
Therefore, cultivate your spiritual life and seek His kingdom. Do not exchange your soul for temporary happiness and comfort. Fix your thoughts on Him and let your actions illustrate His goodness because He has promised He prepared a place for you to dwell in eternity.
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. - Matthew 6:19-20
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” - Matthew 16:24-25
Heavenly Father, remind me that it is only through the Cross that I can be provided with true prosperity. Help me pursue what is more impressive in Your eyes to store riches that are valuable in heaven’s economy. So that whatever I will bind here on earth will be bound in heaven. I lift to you all my needs and wants that are in line with Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.