Read the following scriptures from the Bible and the observations at the end:
Jeremiah 9 23-24: Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.
Luke 12:15: And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Luke 16:15: And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
Matthew 6: 19-21: “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 6: 25, 32-33: “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?…For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
1 John 2:15-17: Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20: Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Timothy 6: 6-10: Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
From the above verses it is plain what we should live for and what we should not live for….
- We cannot live for anything or for anyone other than God – that is, neither our focus in life nor our pursuits nor can our devotion be for anything other than God. Whatever we do and live for in life has to be at His will and pleasure.
- If we belong to God then our only and greatest responsibility is to live for Him – and any rights that we might have, flow from that relationship. Everything else we do and enjoy in life must flow from that dynamic.
- Knowing and living for Him is more important than amassing wealth, wisdom/education and beautiful bodies or even doing lot of ministry.
- If ‘that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God’ then how can we boast or derive our dignity from the size of our pay-packet, or on the size or the location of our houses, or on our designations/degrees/positions/social status or anything else. Neither can we run after prime properties, premium jobs/salaries etc.
- We are made to live with God as our eternal/infinite co-ordinate for life. Nothing else can be a worthy replacement for Him in our lives. As the planets must remain in their orbits so must we, in relation to God. The distance between them is so minutely calibrated that if the force of attraction towards or away is stronger than what it should be then the whole system will be in trouble.
Based on the above my watchword for life is, “Ultimately and fundamentally all that matters in life is God and eternity and everything else howsoever important has significance only in relation to God and eternity”.