I woke up this morning with this uncanny thought about my future. Putting everything in perfect fit, I wondered, after my results are out, I get into the university
I come out with good grades and get a good job
My job pays me well, I probably do other things to earn extra
What do I do with the money I’m paid?
I probably buy a house in my favourite city, get a posh car, change my wardrobe and any other thing money can do. Oh yes! I get married and use the money to take care of the kids.
Then I realized how shallow my thinking was.
Money! That’s what everyone’s chasing after today. The other day while listening to the radio, the person interviewed made these statements and I quote “A day without a deal is a day wasted… Money has to be in it… I wouldn’t waste my time if there’s no money involved…”
Everyone’s aiming at being rich and famous. Top goals are buying the best houses and driving luxurious cars.
But all these fade!
Clearing the house yesterday, I found some clothing, which back then were in vogue, but today are old fashioned. That’s how fashion changes and even technology is not constant as researches are going on to get the best out of electronics, sports and man.
Riches fade away.
(Will you stress on what does not last?) In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle (towards heaven)
Even if we escape all these, there’s one other inevitable…
In the story of the Rich Fool: Luke 12: 16-21
That man was the richest of his time. After acquiring ‘all’ he relaxes and says to himself “Dude! you have so much wealth to last a lifetime, take life easy: eat, drink and have fun.” vs 19 paraphrased
But God says something,
“You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself? vs 20 NIV
I believe he was called a fool due to his shallow reasoning. He had acquired so much on earth but was poor in the spirit. He didn’t have treasures stored up in heaven.
19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin (wild animals which destroy crops e.g. rodents) destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
So many things are going on round the globe, the world’s morals are deteriorating, crimes, kidnapping and terrorism are on the rise. These are precarious times; insecurity everywhere and the prospect of war breaking out is likely. Scripture is being fulfilled. The clock is ticking and the times are drawing near.
Death is inevitable, but there’s one other thing that’s also inevitable: Christ’s second Coming also known as the RAPTURE
It sickens me to know that very few people are aware and waiting for the Lord’s coming. We are working tirelessly to earn a living on earth- the earth that is preparing herself for destruction- but are we working and aiming at having treasures in heaven, which will never be destroyed?
These are not tales. Matthew 24 written over 2000 years ago is a prophesy fulfilled today
It’s not late now to come back to God, to start storing up treasures in heaven. God’s grace is abundant to us and His faithfulness never fails, according to Lamentations 3: 22, we have not been destroyed because of God’s mercies and his faithfulness is great and new every morning.
Like the Lost son in 15:11-32, we have been lost at one time, we left our Father- God, and went our own ways, but He’s searching for us diligently looking and patiently waiting for us to come back home; and when we do, He’s not going to judge or condemn us, but He’s going to clean us up, give us new clothing and celebrate our coming back.
He has done everything possible to get back to us, to reconcile with us, that’s why He sent Jesus to earth to take our place. Jesus died that we may live. Our atrocities are too much for us to bear, but Jesus takes it all and makes us free. John 3:16-17
Jesus says in Matthew 11:28 that we should come to Him and He’ll give us rest from all our labour and burden. Jesus is the sure rest and security in this time of insecurity.
To enjoy this rest and security, we need to repent of our sins. 1 John 1:9 assures us that God is FAITHFUL and JUST to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. There’s a wonderful and glorious promise in Isaiah 1:18 that no matter how bad it seems you are, no matter how filthy you are, no matter the drugs you’ve taken, whether you’re a pimp, a hustler or whatever your title is God is ready to cleanse you, make you brand new. The best part is He’ll never hold it against you, not ever will he recall it to you; He’ll completely forget about it. The scriptures says ‘blots out your transgressions… and remembers your sins no more.’ Isaiah 43:25
You know what, God never fails in fulfilling His promise. He has promised, He will never fail. God is not a man to lie, nether the son of man to repent, He has said a thing and He’ll fulfill it. Numbers 23:19
When we come to Him for rest and He’s cleansed us from all unrighteousness we need to continue to seek after His righteousness.
After this world, we have two choices: Heaven or Hell. These two places are for real and the way they are described in scriptures is real. The Book of Revelations describes Heaven as the city of Gold where there is no death, sorrow nor weeping. It’s a city of Joy. This same book- Revelations also describes Hell as a place of utter darkness, destruction and sorrow; worst still, it’s a place of hopelessness.
Our decisions and choices today determines were we’ll end up later on.
I pray we’ll choose life in accordance to God’s word in order to escape condemnation and death forever.
Jesus is the only way to life eternally.