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“What Will Be Left?”

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In this life, we fret and work for many things. We work for money, train tirelessly in sports and recreation and do all we can to win the admiration and respect of those that are around us in these various arenas. We spend our days building a life. Underneath all the physical things we strive for, our deepest desires are for joy, peace and truth. We know that one day, we will all pass away and be lost to history. All the castles, high towers and gates that we’ve set up will be rubble. Our lives are truly vapor. Finances, vehicles, jobs, nice homes comforting as they may be, will all return to the dust. Even the furthest soul from God knows this truth, but we know that our relationship to God will be the only thing that remains once the dust of all our “things” has settled.

2 Peter 3.10, “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.” One day we will see God, face to face. Does that comfort you? On that day all that we have built will be exposed. How will our lives stack up come judgment? What will be left?

In Matthew 7.24-27, Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” On that day, our decorated careers won’t be there. Our sports accolades won’t be there. Our things won’t be there. So then let’s tear down all our idols and remember where our blessings come from. Let’s loosen our grip on the things of this world and “fix our minds on things above.” (Colossians 3.2)

- Cain Atkinson