I recently heard a preacher give his definition of being relevant. He said “If it’s not eternal it’s not relevant”. That statement woke me. Am I not thinking enough about eternal things? Have I been much too preoccupied with material things? The Bible tells us to lay up our treasures in heaven. (Matthew 6:20)
What exactly does that mean? We can’t literally put physical things there.
It means we should have our priorities on eternal things more that temporary things. We get so wrapped up in things of the material world. Money, jobs and other material things. The truth is that it doesn’t matter if you are a believer or not, when we die we aren’t going to take any of this with us. Some believe that when we die that’s it. Done. Finished. Okay we’ll see how well that works out. I’m sorry but maybe I’m silly but I choose to believe that we are eternal creatures. There is something there for us on the other side of death.
So what treasures can we lay up for ourselves in heaven?
The main thing is our relationship with God. We will all face him one day. Do we value our relationship with Him now or do we have to be shown proof that He even exists? What would He have to do for you to believe? For many years I wasted time asking and pleading for God to speak to me in an audible voice or have some sort of burning bush experience. I never got it.
I learned two things:
- God isn’t going to be coerced into proving His existence
- God speaks in the silence
God doesn’t play “Let’s Make A Deal” to anyone. He’s God and we’re not. You either believe in Him or you don’t. Sadly, For years I had gotten caught up in the emotionalism of a Pentecostal church. I’m not saying God isn’t there, but for me He was that still small voice. Not in the miracles and spiritual spooky things or speaking in tongues. When we are loud, it is easy to distract ourselves from our real problems. The quietness brings us close to God and forces us to see who we really are.
Eternal things are the most relevant things of all. We can ignore it but the day will come for us all.
I think we should all live in doing the best we can and do good for others as best we can. In a world that is selfish and impatient we should display the best example of being unselfish and patience.