We just started on a new year and look where we are in the blink of an eye. Nine days into the three hundred sixty-five days that make up 2019. If these nine days have been a blur and it seems unfathomable that we have plunged this far into the new year, then consider that it was just a brief moment between the turn of the clock December 31st that began this countdown to the next.
Not that we want to focus on how fast time gets away from us. I just wanted to set our focus on the urgency of the moment. We do not have much time to consider what we will do with Christ Jesus. There is an ancient saying that states, “Time waits for no man.” While it’s earliest known record dates back to 1225, this likely was a reiteration of the spoken word documented in writings. If we possessed the capacity of recording speech as we do now undoubtedly this saying would have been found much earlier than what is reported.
It was apparent then, and it is apparent now, that even though we tend to grow slower in time, time itself doesn’t miss a beat and keeps on moving through space just as it did the day before.
So, what would be at question is what we do with these days. What are we storing up for ourselves and how is that being secured?
“Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Matthew 6:19-21 (CSB)
While time is fleeting to be sure, it serves us well to consider where our heart resides. Jesus, in this 6th chapter of Matthew, makes it clear how we can identify this in our lives, simply ‘follow the heart’.
Where our hearts reside is where we store up our treasure. Just what that treasure is also determined by where it is stored. It’s also identified by its durability as well.
“Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.”
Temporal verses Everlasting
Our focus during this period when time itself slips by unchecked needs to necessarily be invested in those things which are everlasting. Not temporary pleasures and pursuits that end in decay and decline.
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never becomes faint or weary; there is no limit to his understanding.
Isaiah 40:28 (CSB)
The ‘Creator’ who is everlasting, made us also everlasting as well.
That’s right, we are so caught up in the temporary situations we find ourselves in we fail to realize that we are more than this body. The body in which we reside this moment is bound to that ever-changing timeline and as a result, is subject to the very same corruption and decay that everything else in the known universe is.
There are things which are eternal, and we are one of them. We choose our destiny, within that realm of eternity. We can choose life or death. It is that simple. Regardless of our choice, both options are cast in eternity and therefore never change state.
Life eternal is exactly that, it goes on beyond the end of the time which we so diligently measure, here within its boundaries. We measure time so intently, as to have atomic clocks which calculate time, based on the resonance frequency of atoms. We are obsessed with time and yet, time isn’t germane to our existence.
Eternal death likewise is permanent and everlasting.
There are but two things that we should be doing while we are encased in this period of ‘timeliness’. To put it simply:
- Make the necessary preparations to assure us of everlasting life.
- Seek to assist our fellow travelers through this time capsule to do the same.
Preparing for Everlasting Life
Due to the fall of humanity in the garden, we are all subject to the corruption that was inflicted upon creation by the sin of rebellion. That corruption propagates itself and seeks to decay and destroy all that is within its reach.
The nature of eternal life or eternal death isn’t an object to obtain or a goal to seek. They both come as a result of choice. By default, we select the choice of death if we simply remain where we were born. We were born as a part of that corruption and decay, and therefore without having to lift a finger, we condemn ourselves to everlasting death, by not choosing life.
The Creator knew before he created, that it would be this way, inside this time capsule he created along with the universe, us, and everything else in the physical world. He knew you then. He knows you now. He knew that he loved us with a passion that is beyond our understanding because after all, we were the object of his passion, his design, his will. He also knew exactly what was to transpire as a result of creation, the fall, corruption entering the time capsule, and what would be required to redeem his beloved creation to himself.
He knew it and he did it. Creating a path by which his creation could return to him.
He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, he gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in his name, who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God.
John 1:11-13 (CSB)
Acceptance of a gift of grace. That’s all there is to it.
When we surrender the position, we find ourselves in as a result of our birth and accept the position we were designed for, that is where this transformation takes place. We are again born, now not by the flesh, but by the Spirit. We are born into life everlasting. Our hearts no longer reside in this time capsule but are transplanted to the throne of God.
We are given the right to become the children of the Creator.
The choice is simply to choose life through investing our faith in the power and grace of Jesus Christ the Son of God, to redeem our souls. Trust in him to transform us from that corrupted creation to a perfect everlasting participant in a love relationship that transports us from death to life. Life with him, for him, and because of him.
Assist Our Fellow Travelers
The second thing noted above is to assist our fellow travelers to find this same thing we have. We should not have to be prompted to do this. It is a completely spontaneous thing when we have found something good to wish to share that good with others.
The way we were created, we were formed as social creatures. That is, we are coded to want to elevate each other along with ourselves.
Another old saying is, “it’s lonely at the top.” This speaks volumes to us about our nature. We seek community and companionship. We don’t care to be on the outside looking in. We want desperately to be sharing that comradery inside the group.
So, if we passed from death to life, wouldn’t it stand to reason that we would want to group up and draw others to that same life, rescue them from the darkness that they are in.
But we are sheeple and Jesus had to point blank tell us what we need to be doing in our time here while we are laying up treasure in heaven.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (CSB)
‘Go’, get those who are in the darkness of death and corruption and help them find the way into the light of life through the grace of Jesus. Assist them in making that choice, that affects everything. Effects our existence in this time capsule, and beyond the capsule when our choice becomes our everlasting reality.
Thereby, laying up treasures where your transplanted heart resides, at the throne of God!
Has your heart been transplanted? Is your heart trapped in this time capsule that is decaying, destined to come to an end? Or, have you surrendered and given this dying life to Jesus in exchange for life everlasting with him?
It is a simple choice, but critically important to your eternal destination. If you have yet to make this choice, then do it today and begin to lay up treasure where it will not become decayed and corrupted, at the throne of our Father, the Creator of all.
In His Grace,