Stop what you are doing for a few minutes and consider everything you have ever done in your life. To the best of your ability, think about every action, deed, word, thought, everything you have earned, and every motivation of your heart. What value could you associate with all of it? What will it be worth after all your days on this earth are completed?
According to the Word of God, all that was done in the past and everything that will be done in the future can only have eternal value if it was done with obedience to God and eternity in mind. If it was done to fulfill the will of God and with the love of God as its foundation it will not stand up to the testing fire of the Lord.
Kingdoms come and kingdoms go, but through the Word of God, I know. When all in life is done and past, only what’s done for Christ will last. – Carman Licciardello
Each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. 1 Corinthians 3:13-15
As the wisest man on the planet, Solomon found that everything that a man has to put his hand upon to do is vanity. Or in other words, it has no eternal value. It was worthless unless it was done for the Lord.
Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. The sun rises, and the sun goes down and hastens to the place where it rises.
The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits, the wind returns. All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again. All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. Ecclesiastes 1:2-8
Isn’t this the truth? If life is not lived with an eternal goal in mind, everything that is done has no real value. It does not last. It is like a child that spends hour after hour, day after day, month after month playing a video game building up levels, points, and fake money that amounts to absolutely nothing when he has come to the end. A complete waste of time after everything is past.
Looking back on even a highly successful man in this world, one can see that so much of it was wasted on perishable pursuits. What eternal value can be attached to it? What is he going to take with him when he leaves this world? As they say, “you never see a Uhaul behind a hearse.”
Everyone knows the feeling at some time in their life, that time has gone by so quickly. How much of it is lost forever or time squandered doing what is of little eternal value? In the end, what will you have to show for it? A list of accomplishments and a pile of possessions that you can not take with you. They will fade into obscurity or pass to another. As well as, every earthly possession will someday end up in the trash. It is a difficult truth to come to grips with. But you must come to terms with it at some point, so that you may turn to the Lord to build up treasure in Heaven instead.
These are all hard things to consider. It can be difficult to ponder deeply many times what may have been lost in the past. But it is necessary to put everything into perspective. To consider your life in terms of what you can now earn for eternity.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
How much of your life have you truly spent doing things for God’s will? Building up treasure in Heaven. Have you spent your time working for the Kingdom of God? Helping the “least of these.” Because God has commanded you to show them love, compassion, and care. Sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them so that they too will live forever with Jesus in Heaven. Loving one another as God has commanded.
This kind of toil is the only way you will have anything to show for your life. That you may have a treasure that will not be burned up on the day of judgment. Jesus even explained how to accomplish it. Though it seems radical to most the least will be the greatest and those who give everything away for Jesus’ sake will gain the most.
And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:29-34
If by taking your time and thinking about this honestly, you have found that you have not stored up in heaven eternal treasure, but in fact wasting your time. I am here to tell you that you still have time to change. You can start using your time, effort, and finances to honor God’s wishes right now. You can follow and obey His commands to work diligently today for His kingdom. To make sure that for the rest of your life, you will build treasures in Heaven. So that your reward is waiting for you when this life is over.
Jesus said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.
For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a man give in return for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:34-38
Do not waste any more time, but work diligently for Jesus Christ. No one at the end of their life wants to look back and say, “it was all a waste of time.” Make your life worth something great. Make it an act of sacrifice to the Lord, so that He may be proud of the great things you have accomplished.
This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from Him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? For to the one who pleases Him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner He has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. Ecclesiastes 2:24-26