If you are a follower of Christ Jesus, then I charge you before the Father in heaven: don’t settle in this life as if you belong to this world. To those who have been born from above, we are told that we are only pilgrims here, travelers who are just passing through to get to where we really belong, the kingdom of Heaven. We are told not to focus on the passing world around us, because it is simply fading away. Why build a kingdom in a place that is perishing? Instead we are to seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God, for we died to this world and are hidden with Christ in the Father (Colossians 3:1-3).
Rather than putting your energies into this passing world, throw them into the unseen things of Heaven. Build godly character, serve others, build up the body of Christ and reach the lost with the everlasting gospel. Those are the works that will follow you into eternity; your bank account won’t.
Those things might not earn you a fancy new car or a palace somewhere, and they might not even give you a good name with the world (since the world hates Jesus), but if your a true believer, you already gave up pursuing those things… Right?
The end result is this: we must live in this world while we are here so use what you have, but don’t let it be the focus of you life. For true life is more than food and the body more than clothing (Luke 12). God knows what you need before you ask, so don’t worry about it. Take the energy that you would put into worrying and use it to press into the kingdom of God. Read His word daily and obey it. Live life with a lose hand when it comes to worldly possessions. Find out what Gods will is and live for it. When you seek Him you will find that He is more real than anything in this present life, for He is the Author of Life!
Love in Christ, Jonathan Ball