This weekend, a plane crashed into a home here in Yorba Linda. I happened to be home at the time, sitting at the table with Chellie and Kenley. Hearing the sound of the plane and feeling the rattling of the earth as it hit the ground is something that I won't soon forget. After watching the news, reading articles, and seeing the devastation first hand, I was reminded that we we are not promised tomorrow, and maybe more importantly, we are not promised to see the end of today.
As I think about that, I think about all the things that are on my wish list. Things to buy. And I remind myself...they are just things. Don't become fixated on the things of this world. One day, when we are in the presence of the Lord, we won't be worried about what we had or didn't have. I long to have that kind of devotion and awe here in my day to day life.
In Matthew 19, we read the story of the Rich Young Ruler. We see in this story his desire to obtain eternal life. Jesus plainly states what he must do, v 21 "If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
As I read the response of this young man, I can't help but think of myself and how abundantly blessed I am. Would I be willing to sell everything? If I had Jesus, and only Jesus, would that be enough?
The rich young ruler responds in this way, v. 22 "But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property."
Things will only be things and will always be just that, things. Yet what we have in Jesus is more. It is eternal. I pray today that we can focus in on and sow to the eternal promise of heaven where things will be a distant memory.