Yesterday, my pastor began a new series entitled “The Power of Priority”. The text he used is Colossians 1:15-23. Jesus Christ is Creator God, He is the Leader of the Church and Lord of all. In the message Pastor Tim encouraged us to determine what our priorities are and how our current calendars meet up with our priorities. Beyond the first two priorities Family and Church, I’m still working on my other priorities. This morning, I read the following devotion from Dr. Charles Stanley of InTouch Ministries that I want to share with you.
Death is inevitable, but at times it surprises us. Perhaps you know someone who died unexpectedly. Today’s parable (Luke 12:15-21) is a warning about such situations. It tells of a man who acquired comfort and wealth but thought only of his time on earth. Death came without warning, and he could take nothing with him. God called him a fool for living focused on “self.”
Though rich in the world’s eyes, the man had no relationship with God and hadn’t invested anything in Christ’s kingdom. All the treasures he stored here were worthless once he died. What’s worse, without Jesus, he would be separated from God forever. What a tragic waste of life.
As I think about this person’s choices, two questions come to mind that are important for all of us to contemplate. First, if you were to die today, would you go to heaven? Salvation is a free gift for those who trust in Jesus as the acceptable sacrifice for our sin. He is the only way–no excuses or even sincere beliefs in other “ways” will work. And Jesus promises that when believers die, they immediately find themselves in His presence (2 Cor. 5:6).
Second, what is your life accomplishing? Are you driven by selfish purposes, storing security and wealth for yourself? Or is your motivation to further God’s kingdom?
Like the man in this parable, we don’t know when we will die. We do know, however, that death is inescapble. “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” (2 Peter 3:10)
Though dying is an unpleasant topic, eternity is a long time and worthy of our attention. It’s definitely a wise investment to make sure of your salvation and to invest in God’s kingdom.
In yesterday’s sermon, our pastor ended with the following verses in (Colossians 1:21-23). The Lord has placed a portion of these verses on my heart in relation to priorities(ESV): “He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him, if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard,” I was also drawn to (1 John 5:21), “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”
I’m waiting on the Lord to point me to what He wants me to do, but I believe first He wants me to remove things on my calendar. I’m not sure what those are just yet, but I know He will reveal them to me.