“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ - the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.” (Philippians 3:8-9 NIV)
We fight so much to keep our earthly possessions, whether it is friends, money, jobs, and more. We do this because we are human beings - beings who are drawn to things they can visually see and physically touch. But God Himself told us that these things are not the things that matter in life.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21 NIV)
What Jesus is saying here is that what we put at the top of our list, is what our heart longs for the most. If someone values money more than anything else, that is where a person’s heart is. If someone places their value in the opinions of other people, the thoughts of others are obviously what that person truly cares about.
As we know, God knows our heart more than anyone in the world; remember, He did create us! He knows where our treasure is and where our heart lies. Don’t think you can hide from Him what matters to you: you can’t.
So we know that we are to avoid worldly matters at all costs and that our true longings cannot be hidden from the Lord, but my main question to ask you today is this: whether it is when you die or Jesus comes back, will all of those earthly possessions be taken with you? Will they matter when you are standing before Almighty God one day?
Simple answer: no.
In the end, none of it will matter. It is going to be the relationship you had with Jesus Christ that will matter. It is sad, to be honest, because so many people waste so much of their time and energy on things of the world - things that will amount to nothing in the end.
But we, God’s children, are aware of the fact that we are to keep our eyes on Christ and Christ only. Keep our minds on things up above and not down here.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:2 NIV)
We are to set our minds and our hearts solely on the things above, the things that are entirety actually depend on. Salvation is not something you just put aside in the file cabinet and pull out later when pressure is on - it is something that Paul tells us to work out on our own in the time we’ve been given by God.
“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed - not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence - continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12 NIV)
This doesn't mean that we are not to consider our earthly blessings as important. Our family, loved ones, and friends, are things that the Lord wants us to take seriously and thank Him for. He gave us certain things and people for encouragement and support, so don’t take it for granted. While I believe that you can never be too in love with God, don’t forget to give your loved ones attention and affection, as well as go to the throne of God with utter thanks for what He has given you.
It is easy to caught up in the chaos of the world, but we need to keep our eyes centered around God. The best advice I can give my sisters in Christ is to set up a daily routine. A routine that consists of devoting time to the Lord, whether it is five minutes or 50 minutes. Because once we develop a consistent pattern of spending time with God, it will be hard for us break it.
Keep your eyes focused on Jesus. Because in the end, He is all that will matter.