For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. (James 4:14)
It is amazing how life goes so fast and yet I still think I will live forever. It is amazing how much faith I have in hospitals, doctors and medicine which can only prolong the inevitable. Although I do not know when, my time will come. I am not writing this because I fear death, for I have a hope that surpasses understanding, for in the same way Christ was raised from the dead so will I (1 Corinthians 15:42). Although I know this truth it sadly has not permeated all areas of my life. It is too easy to become consumed in the current of this world and think that this is it. Too often I hold too tightly to things that do not matter. If there is ever a time to remember what a worthy investment is, it is now. The past few weeks have reminded me of the riskiness of building my life on the shaky foundation of anything other than the Trinitarian God. Sadly this financial meltdown has revealed how many have built their lives upon a shaky foundation, seeking after the American dream only to realize it is a dream. A missionary friend shared with me a few years back what one of the villagers said to him, one day in regards to America, “they do not need God, because they have money.” Sadly money has blinded many in this country from knowing the infinite value of God. In short, life is short, may I not spend all the days that the Lord has graciously given me building on a godless foundation.
As stated by Tozer,
“When the Lord divided Canaan among the tribes of Israel, Levi received no share of the land. God said to him simply, `I am thy part and thine inheritance,’ and by those words made him richer than all his brethren, richer than all the kings and rajas who have ever lived in the world. And there is a spiritual principle here, a principle still valid for every priest of the Most High God.”
Knowing Christ is what makes us rich not having a certain amount in our 401k.